Lower Limb Training
Pascal Hervé is a retired French professional cyclist. He competed in the worlds top tours including the Tour de France, Tour de Suisse, Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d´Italia.
Now living in Canada he is balance training with sports clinic owner Damien Orfanou.
Based in Montreal, Damien is an athletic therapist, kinesiologist and massage therapist who trains athletes to achieve peak performances. Damien trains a number of athletes including professional boxers Kevin Lavallée, Golden Garcia and Erik Bazinyan.
“When an athlete comes to train with me I always start them on exercises that train their legs independently.”
We start with balancing on one leg to single leg squats, pistol squats, step ups, etc. Strengthening legs independently creates stability, once you have stability you have power and an efficiency of movement. The Rooboard allows me to strengthen the forefoot, the ankle, the knee and the hip.”
With training our balance and stability can improve markedly. These subtle changes in the way our body moves around its centre of gravity and the speed in which it does so, can have a huge impact in our quality of life and sporting performances.
Balance training is functional. This means we are engaging several muscle groups at the same time using a natural flow and transition through the movements. Strength training usually involves isolating a single muscle while we apply stress to it. When we add the balance component we also engage the stabiliser muscles.
Balance and stability training will improve our posture, lower back strength, reactions, range of motion and functional strength. It will also improve our sporting performances. For sports like surfing, snowboarding and skating, balance training should be a vital part of every training programme.
The Rooboard balance board has been designed to make balance training fun, affordable and portable. The small size means it can be transported easily. The non-sink design also means it can be used on almost any surface. It can be used for balance, core, HIIT and strength workouts making it the most versatile balance board on the market. View some of the design features here. The Rooboard also has an excellent selection of workouts and exercises for your every need.