The humble wobble board has been around for decades. A London inventor has updated it to fit with the demands of todays lifestyles.
Independent fitness start-up Surfgym launched the Rooboard Balance Board and Core Trainer after years of using alternative equipment.
Designed in the United Kingdom by Mason Gilmour-Platt DipSpSt, a former triathlete, fitness trainer, health club manager and life-long surfer. The Rooboard was created to fulfil specific training requirements within tight parameters. These being, it had to produce solid results, be extremely durable (in order to take a thrashing) and be easily transportable.
The Rooboard was born out of a passion to increase fitness, strength and balance. It had to increase muscular symmetry and performance for action sports like surfing, skating and skiing. And, it had to fit busy proactive lifestyles and be extremely portable, as in the daily work commute, flights, hotel rooms and those cheeky moments when you want to workout quickly and discreetly.
The Rooboard you are hopefully about to add to your fitness routine, is the culmination of many years of prototypes, testing and feedback. We think of it as the Swiss Army knife of fitness equipment – it brings many different pieces of equipment together, in one durable and functional package.
A New Kind Of Wobble
Most balance boards or wobble boards have either a sandpaper like grip surface or raised plastic knobbles. This makes them abrasive and uncomfortable. Many can only be used for standing exercises while wearing supportive footwear.
The Rooboard has an indented EVA grip surface which is also raised above the deck for extra shock absorption. This means it can be used in bare feet, from the hands, forearms and for seated exercises without scraping or inflaming your skin.
Rather than placing the fulcrum or instability point against the floor or ground like most balance boards or wobble boards, which can cause floor damage or sinkage (outdoors) the Rooboards instability comes from the density of the EVA balance pads and their convex contact with the underside of the deck.
The Rooboard has been designed it to be used on almost all surfaces including hardwood, laminate and carpet without causing damage. It can be used with two pads or a single pad to increase the instability and intensity of the exercises.