Balance Trainer Workout for Runners
Runners need to train for balance and stability to help prevent injury and improve performance. By dynamically strengthening the leg muscles with the Rooboard balance trainer, runners can avoid the dreaded turned ankle injuries caused by uneven surfaces.
Former competitive University cross country runner Dr Nenna Campbell-Platt demonstrates the exercises in this free video.
There are 8 exercises in this leg strengthening routine: Perform 2 – 3 sets of the full routine.
1. Balance squats: 15 reps each leg
2. Pistol squats: 15 reps each leg
3. Sprinters: 10 reps each leg
4. Standing hip abduction: 10 reps each leg
5. Calf raises: 10 reps each leg
6. Reverse lunge: 10 reps each leg
7. Single leg balance: 30 seconds each leg
8. Skaters: 10 reps each leg
“A well designed bit of kit, also much smaller than wobble boards and without a ball to get damaged or wear out. Cleverly adjustable by rearranging the parts, I use it in the kitchen during those spare minutes while waiting for the vegetables to cook for dinner. It’s also really useful to be able to see a video of possible exercises. I think it would also be excellent for balance rehab following a sprained ankle or foot.”
N Darrall, Amazon verified purchaser
“Every exercise you do on the floor, the intensity is amped up twofold when done on the Rooboard, because you have to balance yourself at the same time. My balance was embarrassing at the start, just getting on the board to begin the workout seemed like enough exercise for me. But as ever, I endured and eventually started to feel like I was getting somewhere”. Full review here.
Orla O Muiri, Adventuring journalism student, Edinburgh UK