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Choosing The Best Balance Board

The Whirly Board is an innovative new balance board. It is designed as a fun way to get some exercise, build fundamental skills, and improve your abilities in the comfort of your home, gym or office. Each board is constructed from a skateboard deck with triple half-sphere technology. 

Understanding Balance Board Design

Choosing The Best Balance Board

Before buying a balance board, it’s helpful to understand the different uses, strengths and weaknesses of each. Find the right board for your needs with our quick buyers guide!

Finding The Right Balance Board

There are many quality balance boards out there. Each board has a different intended purpose, with its own strengths and weaknesses.

Types of Balance Boards

Picking The Best Balance Board

One Board So Many Lifestyles

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6 Classes of Balance Boards

Generally speaking, there are 6 traditional classes of balance boards. Wobble boards, roller boards, curved rocker boards, stretch boards, and The Whirly Board. Each can be great depending on what your needs are.

Stretch Boards

BEST FOR:

Calf & Leg Stretching

LIMITATIONS:

Used Only For Stretching

Balance Cushion

BEST FOR:

Kids & Basic Balance

LIMITATIONS:

Limited Uses

RoCker Boards

BEST FOR:

Kids & Physical Therapy

LIMITATIONS:

Limited Uses

Wobble Boards

BEST FOR:

Basic Balance & Fitness

LIMITATIONS:

Limited Uses

Roller Boards

BEST FOR:

Surfing & Advanced Users

LIMITATIONS:

Dangerous For Beginners

BEST FOR:

Desk, Fitness, Sports & Fun

LIMITATIONS:

Some Surfing Movements

Choose Your Board By Its Function

Depending on what your ability levels are and your functional needs are

Ease of Use Vs. Range of Uses

Stretch Boards
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Limited
Rocker Boards
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Limited
Wobble Boards
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Limited
Roller Boards
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Good
0
Best

OVERVIEW: Each balance board type will have its own level of difficulty and range of functions.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Think backwards from what you want to train or improve. Certain boards that only do a single function may be great, while others like the Teton Cork Wide Whirly Board that offer a wide range of movements can be better for desk use, fitness and board sport training.

Summary Per Board

  • Stretch Boards:
  • Balance Cushions:
  • Rocker Boards:
  • Wobble Boards:
  • Roller Boards:
  • Whirly Board

Our Recommendation

Winner

Best Balance Board For Beginners

Stretch Boards
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Easy
Rocker Boards
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Easy
Wobble Boards
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Moderate
Roller Boards
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Hard
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Moderate

OVERVIEW: Believe it or not, some balance boards can very hard to use for kids and beginners. Certain categories like roller boards, for example, can be extremely difficult (but rewarding) to master.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Take your ability levels into account. You can start off with a simpler board like a rocker board, then invest in other board types later, or buy a single easy to use multi-function board like the Plain Cork Whirly Board that you can grow with. Having a board with the cork surface makes it easier on bare feet and hands. Adding a mat like the Shred Session Mat can also add safety and traction.

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Best Balance Board For Adults

Stretch Boards
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Limited
Rocker Boards
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Limited
Wobble Boards
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Limited
Roller Boards
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Good
0
Best

OVERVIEW: Balance boards can be used in so many ways, with so many benefits. Most adult users want a board with a range of stretching, fitness, balance, and sport functions. 

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Try to find a board that offers multiple movements and functions. This avoids the need to have various different boards and also minimizes overall cost. Pairing the Whirly Board Fitness Mat with the Original Speckled Cork board or Teton Cork Wide Board can be a great option.

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Best Balance Board For Standing Desks

Stretch Boards
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Good
Rocker Boards
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Good
Wobble Boards
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Ok
Roller Boards
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Ok
0
Best

OVERVIEW: Standing while working, in place of staying seated all day, can have positive effects on your health and fitness.  Stretch and cushion / rocker boards can have small benefits while boards meant to be used during the entire workday can have a greater impact.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Picking a board that actually engages your core without creating a distraction to your workflow is best. The form and stability of the Teton Cork Wide Whirly BoardStanding Desk Mat, and Stabilizer Ring can be a perfect solution. 

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Best Balance Board For Seniors

Stretch Boards
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Good
Rocker Boards
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Good
Wobble Boards
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Hard
Roller Boards
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Hard
0
Best

OVERVIEW: Using a balance board to improve flexibility and overall balance is incredibly important as we age. Regular balance work can also reduce the risk of falls.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Selecting a board with a simpler design and an easier learning curve can minimize the chance of injury and offer great results. Pairing a Wide Whirly Board with our  square Shred Session Mat and Stabilizer Ring is an excellent option for any balance routine.

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Best Balance Board For Surfing

Stretch Boards
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Limited
Rocker Boards
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Limited
Wobble Boards
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Limited
Roller Boards
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Best
0
Good

OVERVIEW: Dry land training for your surfing balance and technique can greatly improve your overall skill and abilities. 

OUR RECOMMENDATION: We believe roller boards are the best of surfing specific movements based on the plane of motion those boards offer. If you are directly trying to improve your 180 / 360 spinning technique, however, it is often best to chose a spinning specific board like the Teton Cork Whirly Board. Adding a Whirly Board Fitness Mat can also make other simultaneous workouts like ground stretching and yoga more comfortable.

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Best Balance Board For Skateboarding

Stretch Boards
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Limited
Rocker Boards
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Limited
Wobble Boards
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Limited
Roller Boards
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Limited
0
Best

OVERVIEW: Adding a balance board to your skateboard practice and training can go a long way, largely because you can isolate and focus on very specific movements.

OUR RECOMMENDATION: You’ll need a board that has both the shape and pivoting design that matches skateboarding. For this reason, the Whirly Board with skateboard grip tape is the #1 best balance board for skateboarding available on the market. For use inside, pair it with the Shred Session Mat for ultimate traction and floor protection.

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Best Balance Board For Runners

Stretch Boards
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Good
Rocker Boards
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Limited
Wobble Boards
0
Limited
Roller Boards
0
Good
0
Best

OVERVIEW: Long distance walking and really any running routine requires a range of flexibility and conditioning exercises to improve performance and avoid injury. 

OUR RECOMMENDATION: Any board that can help with calf and leg stretching can have lasting results on injury prevention. We also highly recommend more dynamic boards like roller boards or the Plain Cork Whirly Board to use during cross training exercises. You can improve muscle imbalances, tone your core, work on hip stability, and so much more. for example, pairing a Whirly Board with a Fitness Mat, Stabilizer Ring, stretch bands and a medicine ball can serve as an entire balance and conditioning kit for your running training.

One Board For Any Lifestyle

We support the use of ANY well made balance training product.  We believe that balance training in general can make a huge impact on your health, wellness, and sport performance! However, you will find that the design of the balance board has a huge impact on the quality and end results of your training. 

The Whirly Board Combines All Uses Into One Design
General Fitness
Board Sports
Standing Desk
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