Revolution Balance Board Review
We were fortunate to recently be given the opportunity to review a Revolution Balance Board, specifically the FIT. This seemed like a fun piece of equipment to try out not just for the gym, but for everyday life. It’s definitely more workout/fun based as opposed to our recent Fluidstance review, a related cousin aimed more at health and ergonomics at work. So, is the Fit Revolution Balance Board just another fitness gimmick, or is it a great piece of equipment? Read on to find out.
The idea behind this balance board product is to do existing exercises you may already be familiar with, for example the squat, and then taking them to a new level by adding in a challenging element of balance. There are definitely certain types of sports that we feel would benefit more than others from this, but it is universally accepted that balance and core stabilization/control is an essential part of athleticism, fitness, and actually is crucial for long-term health as we age. The idea of being able to have some fun combined with skill mastery definitely appealed!
Okay so out of the box we have the revolution balance board itself, and then three bases. They are the rocker, the cushion, and the roller. Each is designed to provide less stability (in that order) and we’d recommend starting out with the rocker just to get your bearings. You might be less stable than you realized! We did find it was something we could ‘level up’ with quickly, so we didn’t find it long before we were exploring the cushion and the roller!
Level 1 – The Rocker: Creates a siple left-right balance motion, great for beginners or for incorporating more advanced exercises.
Level 2 – The Cushion: Creates a 360 degree wobble motion, which further engages the joints and core muscles. Great for many exercises.
Level 3 – The Roller: Creates a dynamic side to side roller motion. This base is the most advanced and challenging.
Things to Note:
+ They recommend getting used to the balance board on a carpeted surface, and I can think of a few reasons why. The roller is fairly slick and so would slide around a bit, best get your confidence up on a more friction-filled surface. If you fall (unlikely, but you never know), it’s going to hurt less on a carpet. And finally, if you are rocking side-to-side on a hardwood floor and have neighbors underneath you, they might not like it if your apartment floors are as thin as ours!
+It is also suggested that you have a chair, wall, or surface close by to help you stabilize at first, and get used to the sensation of finding your balance point.
The balance board actually comes with a handy double-sided guide explaining the best ways to use the board, how to set it up correctly and take your first steps, as well as providing a quick visual exercise directory of some of the more popular uses for the board. This seemed like a really nice touch and definitely was useful to have a resource right there to learn from, instead of trying to scour the internet for a .pdf.
Setup is quick as you might expect, just put your base of choice down, put your board on it, and off you go! It really is that straightforward, but here are some handy tips to get into the starting position as elegantly as possible: Place one foot on the board, touching that side of the board to the ground. Bring your second foot up onto the board slowly, feet about shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Try to keep even pressure between your feet to stop either side of the board from touching the ground.
Okay, all very cool and all, but how did we find it whilst trying out different exercises? Was it more of a challenge, was it a useful tool?
You can adjust the air in the Cushion (level 2) as you get used to it as it does seem like a big step up from the Rocker (level 1), so this helps to bridge the gap. When starting the Roller (level 3), I would definitely recommend using a wall for stability as you begin to do various exercises on it. There is definitely a significant learning curve here, and for your first experiences you might just want to try getting used to balancing sufficiently on the level of your choice. Your core and will definitely get used a lot if you are not used to this sort of thing, and can certainly add a high level of challenge to any workout!
Board Size: 32″ x 14″
Weight Limit: 350lbs
Gym duty constructed exercise balance board.
Dura-Soft top feels great with or without shoes.
Roller stops on the base keep you from rolling too far.
Colors Available: Yellow | Blue | Magenta
- It’s really fun! I feel like this is reason enough to get one if you like challenging yourself
- Adds a new kind of challenge to your workout Great for keeping things fresh, improving your balance and proprioception which otherwise might not get challenged too much in other activities. Great especially for kicking your body-weight exercises up a notch.
- Rehab/Prehab Dream If you are coming back from injury and have ever been in a physical therapists office, you’ve probably used something similar- now you can have your own and it would be great to help re-establish balance and neural connections following a lower limb surgery or ankle injury for example (disclaimer: this is not medical advice, please use your common sense)
- Quality construction It seems to have a great build quality and finish, it definitely looks the part and with an upper weight limit of 350lbs this is definitely not just for the petite crowd
- Transportable The nature of this product means it’s super easy to set up wherever you want- in your home, in the corner of the gym, wherever, and it’s not going to take up much space when you aren’t using it.
- Stops I like the stops on the base that stop the board just flying off when using the Roller base, should you start straying too much in one direction.
- Price For some people I think it could be considered a bit expensive for a piece of board (albeit a very nice one!) on an unstable surface. This one we were testing with the three different bases retails at $180. With that said, the materials are very durable and seem premium, as mentioned above. It is worth noting that the Revolution FIT board is one of the lowest priced fitness boards in the industry, and offers multiple bases for users to use and progress on. See comparison chart below.
- Technique We felt for a lot of people trying to do exercises on the board, they should be mindful of their technique going out the window as they try to complete the movement and balance at the same time. We would advocate slow and steady progression- using squats again as the example, avoid letting the knees fold inwards is something to be particularly wary of. We don’t want anyone getting injured using the product!
The potential to use this not only as a prehab/rehab tool, but also as a way to make bodyweight exercises more challenging, more fun, AND it’s addictive element of skill mastery that keeps you coming back, makes this a great addition to any home or gym. I believe that for many it may not be the most essential piece of equipment, but it would certainly be one of the most enjoyable and challenging. The progressions are a good idea to keep individuals coming back. I should mention that the Revolution Balance Boards come with free US Shipping and a 2 year warranty which sweetens the deal a little.
We were fortunate to recently be given the opportunity to review a Revolution Balance Board, specifically the FIT. This seemed like a fun piece of equipment to try out not just for the gym, but for everyday life. It's definitely more workout/fun based as opposed to our recent Fluidstance review, a related cousin aimed more at health and ergonomics at work. So, is the Fit Revolution Balance Board just another fitness gimmick, or is it a great piece of equipment? Read on to find out.
- Fun To Use
- Challenging & Innovative
- Great For Rehab & Prehab
- Quality Product
- Safety Designs
- Easily Transportable
- Adjustment Period