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Balance & Stability : Plank w/ Knee Crossover

Posted in Balance Board/Wobble Board,Balance Discs,Core/Fitness,How-To by Harmony on December 17, 2010

A quick video showing how to perform this plank variation while on a Balance Board.

Balance Boards, Wobble Boards, and Balance Discs come in a variety of sizes and materials but essentially can be used interchangeably in a variety of exercises. Balance Boards, or Wobble Boards, are wood with a round base to create your unstable surface. While the Balance Discs are made of a soft inflatable vinyl.

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Balance & Stability Exercise – Side Step

Posted in Balance Board/Wobble Board,Balance Discs,Core/Fitness,How-To by Harmony on November 26, 2010

Develop your balance and stability skills by using a balance board or balance disc in your workout.  Learn how to do the Side Step by watching the following video – it’s just a few seconds long, so you can start practicing right away!

Here’s a quick summary comparing the balance board and balance discs:

Our round balance board is constructed of Birch wood and offers a 16″ diameter surface. The flat wood top is perched on a round base that allows for a 14-degree angle of difficulty to your workouts. A sandpaper surface makes it easy to stand on without slipping.

We offer two inflatable balance discs. Both are 13″ diameter. One balance disc is by JFit and is textured on both sides – one is knobby, and the other slightly textured to reduce slippage. Our Natural Fitness balance disc is smooth on one side, knobby on the other, but this balance disc is made with a non-toxic, eco-friendly, phthalate-free PVC elasticizer. The soft, inflatable balance discs are also a great tool to use to improve your posture. Place on the seat of your office chair and get the same benefits of using a stability ball without the bulk.

Balance & Stability : Plank w/ Crunch

Posted in Balance Board/Wobble Board,Balance Discs,Core/Fitness,How-To by Harmony on November 19, 2010

In seconds you can quickly learn how to use a balance board or a balance disc to increase the difficulty level of doing a Plank pose with a Crunch. Adding an unstable base to any exercise or pose will force you to incorporate additional muscles and will also train your proprioceptors to reduce the risk of injury.

Balance & Stability Exercise – Plank Variation

Posted in Balance Board/Wobble Board,Balance Discs,Core/Fitness,How-To by Harmony on October 19, 2010

Balancing on a Balance Board or Balance Discs in this plank variation exercise will add an additional challenge to your workout.

Our Balance Discs are 13″ in diameter. Some exercises may require two discs under your hands, elbows, knees or feet.  We also offer two different brands of Balance Discs:  JFit’s Balance Disc which is textured on both sides and Natural Fitness’s Balance Disc which is eco-friendly and offers one smooth side.

Balance & Stability Exercise – Squats

Posted in Balance Board/Wobble Board,Balance Discs,Core/Fitness,How-To by Harmony on October 15, 2010

Performing squats on a Balance Disc or Balance Board adds an extra challenge. To complete this exercise using a 13″ Balance Disc, you’ll need two – one under each foot. If using the Round Balance Board (which is a 16″ diameter), your feet will be closer together than as shown in this video. You may wish to compensate by moving slower with more awareness and also positioning yourself near a wall for periodic support.

Balance & Stability Exercise – Running Form

Posted in Balance Board/Wobble Board,Balance Discs,Core/Fitness,How-To by Harmony on October 8, 2010

Improve your running form with this exercise on a balance disc or a balance board. A great exercise to practice to strengthen the core, improve balance, and re-train the proprioceptors.

The Balance Discs and Boards sold at RollingSandsHarmony.com are different than what’s in this video, but you could still adapt the exercise to your equipment.

Beginner Pilates with a Balance Disc

Posted in Balance Discs,How-To,Pilates by Harmony on September 23, 2010

By creating an unstable base, you can turn some beginner Pilates moves into a more advanced or challenging workout. It’s an easy way to get a more “all-body” workout in the same amount of time. In the following video, the instructor and model review how to take some simple moves and make more challenging using one or two Balance Discs (or Balance Cushions).  One exercise also uses the Pilates Ring.  We offer two Balance Discs in our store: Balance Disc by TKO and an environmentally friendly, phthalate-free vinyl Balance Disc by Natural Fitness.  These balance discs can be incorporated into many Pilates exercises, Yoga poses, and other exercise routines.

Rehab on a Balance Board: a Video

Posted in Balance Board/Wobble Board,Balance Discs,Core/Fitness,How-To by Harmony on February 5, 2010

Here’s a video on using a wobble board for rehab purposes. We’ve touched on some of these exercises and benefits of the wobble/balance board in a prior post, but sometimes it’s easier to understand when we see a video versus just reading instructions.

You can use a balance board as shown in this video, or a balance disc as well. Our balance board has a round base in center underneath that allows you to rotate in all directions. A balance disc works similarly, but is made of PVC and will ‘give’ in all directions versus tilting.

Get Unstable for Quick Results

Posted in Balance Discs,Core/Fitness,How-To,Small Balance Pods by Harmony on December 4, 2009

Click on the picture to see some of the leg and lower body exercises you can do with a 13″ Balance Disc.

Legs / Lower Body Workout

Legs / Lower Body Workout

By adding an unstable surface to your current exercise routines, you’ll activate smaller muscles and tendons to help maintain your balance. Challenge yourself and get quicker results!  You could also use Small Balance Pods in these examples, with some slight variations.

At Rolling Sands Harmony, we offer two different Balance Discs – one by TKO and another by Natural Fitness which is Phthalate-free.