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Very useful "toy" that anyone and everyone can enjoy
on May 27, 2011
I bought my Indo board after using a friends for a few weeks. She had been teaching me to surf and we were using it to work on our balance. However, after using it for a couple weeks I found that my legs were getting stronger and my normal balance was also a lot better. I decided to buy one of my own and incorporate it into my regular work outs. Here are some of the pro's and cons of the item in case you are thinking about buying one yourself:
Very sturdy - The board, the cylinder, and the cushion are all made out of solid materials and feel like they can take lots of abuse. My friend is a life long surfer and she has had hers for a decade or so.
Challenging - With the "beginner" cylinder and the "advanced" cushion you are offered two main levels of difficulty but since balance is just the start of the Indo Boards usefulness the actual difficulty can be almost limitless. As soon as I was able to stand for several minutes at a time on the cylinder I began to come up with more challenging things for me to do such as squats, moving my feet and eventually tricks. Also, the cushion is manually filled so that it can be "set" to many different levels and since it adds a whole new dimension to the balance itself this means that you could spend years on the Indo Board and if your creative enough you will never run out of new things to do. For example one of my friends likes to stand on one end of the board while it's on the cylinder "hanging ten" style and balance that way. I don't have the balance for that yet. ;-)
Usefulness - This is almost a must have for surfers, snowboarders, skateboarders and the like. It's balance training will definitely step your game up but the thing that I discovered is that if you do even basic exercises such as squats(legs), sun-gods(shoulders), and even push-ups(whole upper body) you can also maximize those workouts. The balancing adds just that much more challenge and works out some completely different muscles than I am used to, which is great for working out.
Ease - Very easy to use and learn. Can be stored just about anywhere.
Cons(these are minor but they may dissuade someone from buying so I am going to list them)
Space - you need a good amount of open floor space at least 6x6 but 8x8 is better. Also, be sure to keep pets out of the space as you don't want to accidentally hit them if you lose your balance, which will happen.
Injury - I haven't hurt myself but I can see that it would be very easy to do so. Nothing more than a skateboard but precautions such as padded floors are advised. NOTE: This board is great on low carpet.
Overall I would say this is a great product and while I wouldn't list it as a "toy" it can be used by people as young as 13 independently and under that with supervision with very little risk of major injury and plenty of fun for all ages!