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If you have a balance trainer - which kind have you got, do you like it, and how all do you use it?

I'm currently using bosu pods... they're sort of like baby versions of a bosu ball that were affordable and easier to store. I put one under each foot.

I'm especially interested to hear from people using the board-on-a-roller style, because I'm interested in getting one in the future.

If you have a balance trainer - which kind have you got, do you like it, and how all do you use it? I'm currently using bosu pods... they're sort of like baby versions of a bosu ball that were affordable and easier to store. I put one under each foot. I'm especially interested to hear from people using the board-on-a-roller style, because I'm interested in getting one in the future.

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[–] Lipsy 2 points Edited

I have a Baps board that my physical therapist sister gifted me. I mostly use it for stability exercises with my right leg, where I have a prosthetic lower leg and foot, but I occasionally do exercises for the left leg too.

On my left side (the fully biological leg and foot). the Baps board has helped me with stability and stabilizing strength around the knee and the ankle, as well as with... what I guess I'd call "kinesthetic confidence" although my sister says that latter thing is mostly an issue only for ppl with some sort of long-term or permanent asymmetry between normally symmetric levers. (E.g., ppl with a prosthesis on one side, a serious injury to one leg requiring a long slow rehab program, or a leg length discrepancy they were born with might face the same issue WRT legs.)

I also do a few exercises with the Baps board to strengthen my inner quads, as pre-hab to guard against patellar de-tracking and/or ACL tears.
These are much bigger risks for Women than for men in general, but in the case of Women built like me—with exceptionally wide hips and a correspondingly wide "quadriceps angle", so that my legs strike the ground at a more oblique angle (farther off perpendicular) than even most other Women—the risks are amplified even further still.

Lastly not leastly, my best friend absolutely identifies as a Black American Princess (BAP; plural BAPs) and therefore thoroughly enjoys the name of my BAPS board... i actually have no idea what the name of the board stands for 😂

I'm wondering if I have that quadriceps angle thing or at least to some degree? When I had knee surgery a few years ago one of the people at the MRI place told me something to do with the shape or angle of my leg made me naturally more prone to a knee injury but I couldn't remember exactly the phrase he told me. Anyway it's good to know that the balance trainer can help prevent that from becoming an issue.

What kind of exercises are you doing on it? Squats? I'm interested to hear more about that

I use the Domyos Wooden one from Decathlon.

I use it about once or twice a week, for about 10 minutes each time just trying to balance as much as possible. Inititally this was to get back in to fitness as it is great for building a mind/body connection and balance. I am planning on upping this amount as I have taken up weightlifting and I think using it for greater amounts would strengthen my ankles and (hopefully) make it less likely that I will hurt myself.