You will spot the difference immediately but there are also a number of key differences that alter the performance and limit the use of each board.
A slant board is set at an angle and is normally fixed on a single plane. It is normally used for stretching exercises.
A rocker board will only rock back and forwards.
A wobble board will generally be made of plastic and will have a pivot point fixed in the centre of the board.
A balance board is similar to a wobble board except it may use a roller or an air cushion to provide the instability element.
The degrees of movement through which each type of board can move; sliding, pivoting, rotating, tilting, rolling or some combination of those differs in different types and subtypes of models.
The shape and size of the fulcrum, whether it is attached to the board and, if it isn’t attached, the method(s) by which it is constrained by the board, if any, is a vital part of the performance of the board.
Boards that move in a single plane might be great for rehabilitation but the limited movement makes them unsuitable for proprioception or sports specific exercise.
Boards that use a roller, cushion or basketball as the fulcrum will normally be used by surfers, skiers or skateboarders. They can be excellent for developing high levels of balance but limited when it comes to full body fitness exercises.
The Rooboard balance board is a combination of all four. It can be used as each of the above and unlike most of the above it is also highly portable and has been designed for seated, standing and exercises from the hands or forearms.
One Board One Solution
Our inventor, Mason Gilmour-Platt, a life long surfer and fitness expert, designed a single product that would replicate the exercises performed on multiple pieces of equipment. He created a product that is indestructible and compact enough to fit in a backpack with room for a laptop and your lunch. In doing so he also created a unique micro fitness product that is transforming the core strength of its users.
The compact size and unique design features enable the Rooboard to be used in almost any location at any time of day. These short muscle hacks have positively disrupted the way many people approach their fitness training and schedule their workout sessions.
The Rooboard has been an underground hit in the UK and US, selling more than 1500 units, mainly through word of mouth. The London surfers who invented, produced and distributed the first production run themselves want to share the Rooboard and its many benefits with as many fellow fitness enthusiasts as possible.