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bongo board too easy???

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
a couple of months ago, i bought a wobble board to help me regain ankle strength after a ruptured achilles. the wobble board is awesome - my ankle strength, balance and proprioception have improved a ton! i highly recommend this thing if you have weak or injury prone ankles.

so anyway, i thought i'd give the bongo board a try becuz it looked like fun. i just received it today. right out of the box, i found that it was really easy to balance on, even on hard surfaces. the bongo board just seems a lot easier than the wobble board, mainly because the latter wobbles in all directions.

with all the hype, i was expecting the bongo board would be a lot more challenging. anyone else find it too easy? is there something wrong with mine? maybe i'll just return it.
post #2 of 13
Interesting. I have found that different people balance differently on various "toys" depending on their proportions. The bongo is a wider base of support than the wobble board, so that may have made it feel less challenging.

Also, even though its really hard to convince people of this, if you work on it very frequently {and why do I suspect that YOU do! [img]smile.gif[/img] } the learning curve for balance can be pretty fast.

Last month, when I turned the bosu upside down, I though I was going to freak. Now I turn it over as if its nothing! Maybe the training you did on the wobble board made you too advanced for the bongo.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
yeah, the wide stance is part of it but even with my feet close together on the bongo board, it's still pretty easy. i do use the wobble board pretty often - i ski moguls so balance is key. i can spin and play catch and stuff on the wobble board and still remain balanced. that's probably a bigger challenge than the bongo ever would be. i may just return it.

do you know of any more difficult balance toys?
post #4 of 13
Try a unicycle. Wear your helmet!
post #5 of 13

Grab a skate board and head for the local boarder hangout. (bank drive-ups around here) Those kids will show you how easy balance can be!

I believe it is conditioning!

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
nolo: unicycle's a cool idea but i thought you didn't believe in helmets? [img]smile.gif[/img]

cal: yeah i used to skateboard, which may be why i find the bongo kinda easy. i should get back into skating. they recently built a sweet public skate park in denver.
post #7 of 13
I was so pleased with myself that I could stay balanced (including on one leg) on the wobble board at my gym, then they bought a new one. This one balances on a tennis ball. It's soooo much worse. Ans: buy a harder wobble board!
post #8 of 13
Good idea, Frances. I don't get to play with the Bogo that much, since I teach in a group setting. I hate having people buy more toys, but sometimes people will put a dyna disc on the board when it gets too easy.
Also, in general, if we combine strength with balance, we need to be either on a less challenging balance toy, or use lighter weights.
That's why core board is great for group settings. Its not so challenging that you need to use the 5 lb weights.
If you feel really confident on the bongo, you can experiment with doing lateral raises and such while trying to balance the board.

Now we know why they say snowboarding has a faster learni ng curve!
post #9 of 13
Interesting discussion. I've been thinking about getting one of these devices. Where you do buy one of these?

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post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Originally posted by WVSkier:
Interesting discussion. I've been thinking about getting one of these devices. Where you do buy one of these?

these are the ones i have:

wobble - http://www.fitter1.com/wb16.html
bongo - http://www.fitter1.com/bongo.html

unless you're a skateboarder or snowboarder, and want to practice your board tricks, i'd say go for the wobble board. i think it's more beneficial overall.
post #12 of 13
What about balancing on a fitness ball? Try it with a railing or something else to grab onto in front of you the first few times.
post #13 of 13
The number of serious injuries that have ocurred from people attempting to stand on a stability ball far outweighs any of its training benefits.
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