Flow Board Balance Trainer

A couple of months back I got myself a ‘Flow Board’ balance trainer and have had a bit of time to practice and try it out since. I’ll get into the review shortly but before I do I just want to give you some back ground on the Flow Board.

Flow Boards are made by an Irish craftsman Cathal Sheridan and are manufactured right here in Ireland, County Donegal. I love to see Irish people throw their hand at a new enterprise and this is exactly what has happened here.

Balance boards can be used regularly to prevent and rehabilitate injuries to the foot, ankle, calf, knee, hip as well as all muscles associated with the legs. There are different types of balance boards on the market but why go to foreign websites to purchase when you can support an Irish man and local craft?!

The flow Board consists of a strong wooden board and roller. The board has a clear grip on top (which can be used both bare foot or with shoes) with two lips on the bottom tip and tail to keep the board from flying out from under you if you let it roll too far. The roller is made from pine wood and is incredibly strong with stripes of grippy rubber ringing it to help hold onto the board.

After a couple of months on the balance board I must say it has been fun and I’ve stretched a few muscles that were lying dorment! It takes only a few minutes on the board to really feel the muscles being worked.

Balance boards are used more and more by surfers to sustain and improve their balance when not in the water.

The learning curve is quick, around 15 minutes and the Flow board can be used by beginners and pros alike, there is always room to improve and new tricks to learn. I still have many tricks to master but a few weeks of practice and you will see the difference.

Photo ©  Orca Publications

I recently bought a surf fitness book which outlines many routines that can be untertaken using the flow board. The board can be used for more than balance! It can really strengthern the core muscles by trying a few different techniques so for those of you trying to get that six pack maybe give this a go in addition to your training!

For those of you who don’t get to the waves everyday or find yourself playing the waiting game during the summer this piece of equipment could help to keep the rust off, keep you on your toes and have you ready for the next session in the water!

Colin Cooney
Surfer, Amateur photographer and Garden Designer. Co Owner of Surf Around Ireland….need to know more, get in touch!

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