Today we’re talking about the best balance and wobble boards that will help you improve your grappling game and build you a rock solid core. This is a list of our favourite balance and wobble boards for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Check it out!
Linked with balance sports such as surfing and skateboarding, balance boards are the perfect supplement to help you with your grappling base. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA have their hearts on the beach and the streets, so you will quite regularly see fighters cross training with surfing and skateboarding. These sports don’t help you improve balance, they help with twitch muscle reactions, muscle memory and build up a crazy core.
Aside from the obvious benefits, they are also super fun to break out after a training session and watch as your training partners either fall flat on the mats, or show off with some sick tricks. There are quite a few different types of balance and wobble boards available for the average fighter, some difficult, some more beginner friendly. Today we’ll break down some of the best features that make a good balance board depending on experience.
Best Balance and Wobble Board Reviews
Yes4ALL Balance Pad
While this isn’t a typical wobble or balance board the Balance pad is perfect for a beginner looking to get into the world of balancers. Basically this is a squishy foam blocks that you can use to stand on and get your bearings. This is a great place to start if you have just started BJJ and want to get some better core balancing skills. The balance pad is the perfect compliment to kettle bell training and conditioning training, or knee and ankle rehab after surgery.
- Non-slip pad for those sweaty workouts
- Excellent for rehabilitation
- 5 year warranty
- Doesn’t have the same balance work out benefits as a balance board
- Difficult to store away
Fitter First 20' Pro Rocker Board
The Fitter First Rocker Board is our first two way wobble board. It consists of a square platform, on a half cylindrical, fixed fulcrum. This is the perfect board for the beginner BJJ enthusiast and you will be able to get some good movement training from it. The composite cylindrical bottom will challenge you as a beginner and will quickly help you build up your core strength, stability and balance every time you work out on it. This is a great pick for a balance board on a budget.
- Small bottom for difficult workouts
- Help improve knee strength and ankle flexibility
- Perfect for post-surgery workouts
- Can take a while to balance properly
- Rockers can be slippery
Stability Wobble Cushion
Once you’ve mastered the Balance Pad, it’s recommended that you move onto something a little more substantial, this is where a wobble cushion comes in. This is a great beginner balance device for standing on, sitting on or working out on. Like other wobble boards this will help you build a killer core in a safe and efficient environment. The wobble cushion is inflatable so you can manage the difficulty and hardness of the cushion, basically less air means more wobble, more air creates a more solid platform for you to work on. It comes with a handy hand pump that is easy to use.
- Can be used standing or sitting
- Comes with a free pump
- Small and easy to store
- More suited to rehab than a full workout
- Narrow foot placement
Isokinetics Balance Board
The Isokinetics Balance Board is one of the best budget balance boards on our list. The board has a removable fulcrum, which provides two levels of difficulty, making this a board that will last you longer than a number of the other boards. A great feature for someone who is a little strapped for cash and still wants a quality product.
- Textured Surface to prevent slippage
- Two settings, novice and advance
- Easily cleanable
- No intermediate setting
- Item becomes loose over time
Yes4all Wobble Board
The Yes4All wobble board is the first board on our list with a half spherical fulcrum on the bottom. This gives you a 360 degree range of movement and allows you to move in every direction because of it’s bottom. Some great exercises to do on this wobble board includes squats and pushups, either with hands on the board or with feet. Make your exercises even more difficult and add in a kettlebell or a weight to increase the resistance. This i a great wobble board to help you build your overall core strength.
- Variety of Colours Available
- Grip tap makes product super sticky
- Wooden product is environmentally friendly
- Shoes needed as grip tape is uncomfortable in bare feet
- 360 degree balance can be difficult for beginners
3B Scientific Balance Rocker Board
This is our first real roller board on the list. More for the advanced balance board user the 3B Scientific Balance board is made from a solid wooden construction, covered in rubber for grip. The rubber grip is perfect for barefoot fighters. The board is a comfortably big without being too imposing and is a great rocker board at a reasonable price.
- Lipped Ends prevent falling off
- Grippy rubber bottom
- Product finished with an anti-humidity coating
- Roller is fixed onto product
- Rocker foam started to wear after a bit of use
Revolution FIT 3-in-1 Balance Board Training System
The Revolution 3-in-1 Balance board is a roller board, rocker and wobble board all rolled into one. The wobble board is perfect for beginners, where more experienced users can level up to the roller and rocker boards. This is the most versatile board on out list and with a few months using this your core will dramatically improve and so will your fight game.
- Comes with 3 different pieces for different work outs
- Challenges novices and advanced users equally
- Modern looking design
- Roller is a smaller diameter than most
- Board has been known to flex in the middle
The History of the Balance Board
The balance board was originally designed for skiers and surfers to allow them to keep sharp during the off season and to keep their body tuned in at night after competition. However it wasn’t until it was used by circus performers that their popularity grew. Often you would see clowns on the balance board juggling to their hearts content.
Balance and Wobble boards are used to develop a fighter’s balance, motor co-ordination skills, and core strength. They are used in the physio therapy of people reaching old age to help them avoid disastrous injury-causing falls. They are also used in ankle and knee rehabilitation.
Beyond their athletic improving abilities, they are used to expand neural networks to allow a more cohesive use of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This is especially usefully with children to help with cognitive development. They are used to help dancers be light on their feet, help teach musicians how to hold their instruments properly and securely and as a form of yoga. They are a great combination of fun and fitness, which is why they are so popular with children.
What Makes a Good Balance Board for BJJ and MMA?
When you’re looking for the right balance board you want to be looking for a board that’s obviously not going to break at the first sign of movement. You’ll want to have something that is durable and long-lasting. You will need to keep an eye on any weaknesses on the board as wear and tear can easily happen along the top of the board and the fulcrum at the base.
Balance Board Grip
Some boards that have been molded by plastic have grip marks designed into them so you can jump on your board straight away without slipping off, this is perfect for a Jiu-Jitsu or MMA fighter who regularly trains barefoot. Other boards that are made of wood will have grip textured into the board or will have skateboarding grip tape applied to help keep the rider glued.
Balance Board Difficulty
It is always sensible to chose a balance and wobble board dependant on your skill level. You’ll obviously want to choose a board that you can actually use and make improvements on. You will need to be honest with yourself really, there is the option of buying multi-difficulty balance boards and balance boards always come with additional accessories to make things harder or more fun.
Different Types of Balance & Wobble Board
When you think of a balance board this is what you would normally think off. This is usefully for hip movement and hip surfing for when you’re looking to pass guard. The rider will rock back and forth along half a cylinder in the centre of the board.
Similar to rocker boards, wobble boards are circular with a sphere in the middle that you balance on. For an extra dimension of difficulty you can rotate on the wobble board. Perfect for misdirection and fast pivoting.
Cylinder Roller Board
This is where the difficulty really ramps up. Ideal for surfers in the off season the cylinder roller board will have two pieces of the kit, the cylinder and the board. The board is normally shaped like a mini surf board or skateboard and the roller tube is not to dissimilar to a foam roller. This is definitely not recommended for beginners and requires a lot of space to work on, just in case of the odd falling incident. We wouldn’t want you to be breaking your best china.
Sphere Roller Board
This is the extreme difficulty mode of balance board and should only be used if you are a seasoned expert. This is essentially a ball and a board that you will balance on. This is not to be taken lightly but if you master it, you will have the core and the guard passing balance of a true pro. A lot of expert snowboarders, surfers and skiers use this in their off season but be warned this is not fore beginners and can cause you serious injury if you’re not careful.