Integration of the Indo Board into Fitness Programs
Functional balance training and instability resistance training have a place in functional fitness training that will produce specific benefits when preformed under the right conditions. Functional balance training not only improves balance, coordination, neuromuscular response, postural awareness and proprioception but when combined with resistance training can provide a truly integrated training program that provides a wider range of benefits and muscle activation than a typical stable environment resistance training program.
It is also important to note that not all balance training devices are created equally. Studies have shown that in the case of accomplished athletes the use of moderately unstable training devices did not provide sufficient challenges to the neuromuscular system in highly resistance-trained individuals. Since highly trained individuals may already possess enhanced stability from the use of dynamic free weights, a greater degree of instability may be necessary. Indo Board balance training products have been specifically designed to offer the most dynamic and unstable balance training available. It is equally important to understand that the Indo Board offers a wide range of products that can be used easily and safely by individuals ranging in age from young children to senior adults and ranging in athletic experience from unconditioned non-athletes to the worlds most elite athletes.
These products and the range of uses are illustrated in detail, discussed and demonstrated during any of our workshops. As with any type of fitness training, conditioning, injury prevention or rehabilitation program, it is imperative that one properly assess the individual, develop objectives and goals, and implement safe and effective exercises that are specifically targeted at achieving those goals. Indo Board products can help you or your clients to achieve a more balanced, healthy, strong and stable body while experiencing a fun and effective way of functional training.
Health and fitness begins with exercise and physical activity.
Using the Indo Board for fun or as a serious workout helps develop balance, coordination, and increased leg strength, while enhancing the all important core fitness. It also improves motor skills making the Indo Board a great cross training tool for a variety of sports, from extreme boardsports to all mainstream sports which require agility and innate balance and coordination. "Balance is the single most important component of athletic ability because of its implicit involvement in nearly all forms of movement." from the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2000
Riding the Indo Board Mollie Miller
The Indo Board can be used wherever an open 6 feet wide surface area is available, indoors or out (a carpeted area is recommended). The learning curve for most enthusiasts is about 5-15 minutes to master basic control of the device. For those ready to progress to a higher perfomance level, or for taller Indo Board enthusiasts, the larger Indo Pro model provides increased surface area on the board, thus making it a more challenging and entertaining ride.