Balance Equipment Guide
If you’ve never done any balance training before, or you believe your balance is poor, it’s essential to get specialist help, whether from a gym, personal trainer, or physical therapist.
This guide is intended as an introduction to some of the popular types of balance training equipment. Many gyms stock these. You can also click on the images to buy your own from Amazon.com. The tools recommended on this website are not suitable for everyone. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.
Up for a challenge? These discs are great as you can either use one, or put one under each foot. They can be used to help strengthen ankles – though it’s a good idea to use them near to support while you get used to them.
Tip: they can also be used for core exercise workouts like plank, pushups and mountain climber, to incorporate additional stability challenge into your regular workout. This one comes with instructional ebook to get you going (click on the image to find out more or to buy on Amazon via affiliate link).
Pushing it even harder? Bosu has an excellent reputation and their core product, the half-sphere, can be used hard side down, or hard side up, to increase the challenge even more. It takes up a bit more space than the other equipment, but most gyms have them if you don’t want to keep one at home.
Use it for standing, one leg drills, push ups, plank (placing feet or hands on the Bosu). The Bosu site has more great videos to help inspire you and ensure you’re paying attention to the technique (click on the image to find out more or to buy on Amazon via affiliate link).
Using an agility ladder can help improve whole-body balance and coordination: knowing exactly where your feet are, how much force you need to move them in any given direction. There are multiple drills you can try, from hopscotch to moving backwards and sideways through the ladder (click on the image to find out more or to buy on Amazon via affiliate link).
Naboso mats and insoles
The skin on the bottom of the foot contains thousands of small receptors which are sensitive to texture, vibration, skin stretch, deep pressure and light touch. When stimulated these nerves play an important role in how we maintain upright stance, activate our postural muscles and dynamically control impact forces.
Naboso mats and insoles are designed to improve posture and movement. They are useful for neuro rehabilitation, human performance and wellness (click on the image below to buy or find out more).
Which are your favorites? Do you have a go-to exercise you’d like to share? Do you have any questions for us about other items not featured here? Get in touch, we’re here to help.
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