A balance pod is a unique training device that some users find both fun and effective. This workout device is a small portable half dome made from inflatable rubber vinyl. Its design allows an exerciser to use the pods in any floor combination. A user can run, jump, hop, walk, or even bounce across the balance pod surface. Each maneuver provides different results and works different muscles, helping to tone the legs, thighs, buttocks, and the core muscles.
Balance pods range in diameter size from 6 inches (15.24 cm) to 16 inches (40.64 cm), and are about 3 inches (7.62 cm) deep. They pods are available in a variety of colors. Their weight ranges from 1.4 lbs (about 0.64 kg) to 4 lbs (about 2 kg), depending on the size of the pod. The pods can be easily transported from home to the office, park, or gym. They are not only useful for working out and improving balance, but can also be part of a rehabilitation program.
These workout toys have two sides. One side features bumpy nodes that protrude from the surface, evenly spaced. The other side of the pod is flat and smooth. The balance pod can be used with either surface facing the ground. Each surface provides different benefits.
People of all exercise skill levels can use a balance pod. For easier workouts, the pod is placed with the flat side facing the floor. This arrangement allows the exerciser to work on his balance and learn important exercise steps before moving on to a more moderate skill level. Athletes who require a more intense workout use the pods with the flat surface facing them while placing the bumpy side onto the floor. A high level of coordination and balance is needed for this kind of workout, and users should only attempt this workout after the easier workout is mastered.
The bumpy surface of the balance pod is also useful for message therapy. Many people who regularly use balance pods have noticed that their feet feel less tired after workouts. Some have even suggested placing the pods onto the floor, and while seated, rubbing aching feet across the pods surface for relief.
Balance pod technology has even made its way into the shoe market. Some athletic shoe companies offer shoes that are made with balance pods in the sole so a constant state of instability is created with each step. Much like the balance pods alone, these shoes provide the wearer with a workout.