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Gym Equipment Explained: Reebok Core Board

I'm sure you've seen people standing on a wobbly contraption at the gym, but what the heck is it? Well, it's much more useful than it seems and it's something that you may want to think about adding to your exercise routine.

What is it: A Reebok Core Board
Area of body it works: Core, full body workout
Why: Improves core strength, helping to develop stability, mobility, balance, power, and coordination. Plus, it's a change in your normal workout.
How: Start by adjusting the stability you want (beginner, medium, advanced). Underneath the board are three settings that affect its stability (the largest peg will make the board the most stable). Changing the level of stability changes how hard the exercise will be, less stable will make things harder. Once you have the stability set, you can then perform all sorts of exercises you would do on a stable surface onto (or on) the Core Board for a challenge.

For some of my favorite exercise ideas, just

  • Basic Lunge: Begin with hands at your side, facing the board. Lunge onto board. Return to starting position. Do three sets of 15.
  • Basic Push-Up (pictured): Get into a push-up position with your hands holding nine and three o'clock on the rim of the board, feet on the floor. Push-up. Do three sets of ten.
  • Basic Squat: Stand completely on top of the board. Legs hip width apart. Squat, as you would a normal squat, and return to the starting position. Do three sets of ten.
  • Standing Dumbbell Curls: Stand completely on top of the board while holding two dumbbells (one in each hand). Legs should be hip with apart and slightly bent. Perform a standing dumbbell curl and return to start. Do three sets of 12.

As you can see, you can do just about any exercise you would on stable ground, using the Core Board. Share your favorite Core Board exercise ideas in the comments section below — I'd love to add some new exercises to my repertoire.

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