You’ve done plenty of squats, lunges, and deadlifts this year. And thanks coronavirus quarantines, there’s a good chance you’ve done much of that with bodyweight, or with random items around your house (backpack deadlifts FTW!).
And yes, that’s gone a long way towards helping you maintain leg strength and power. But if you’re a little bored of your training, we can’t blame you. In a year filled with home workout after home workout, leg sessions in particular can be challenging. Your leg muscles, after all, are among the strongest muscles in your body, and they’re meant to be challenged with major loads.
If you’ve headed back to the gym, then you may very well be back to squatting and deadlifting with major weights. But if you’re not (and heck, even if you are), you just may want a more intricate at-home leg challenge. And that’s where the BRRRN Board comes in.
The BRRRN Board is a slideboard, a simple-but-underrated fitness tool that challenges your legs (and other body parts, too) with a great deal of instability. Think of it as a rectangular sheet of ice, and imagine yourself walking on that ice. The slippery, unstable nature of the ice pushes multiple stabilizing muscles in your legs (and throughout your core and glutes) to kick into overdrive, stabilizing you against a fall that you hope never comes.
Stepping onto the BRRRN Board delivers that same feeling. Don the included booties, and you’re essentially on a surface that delivers constantly instability. It’s also near-frictionless, allowing you to slide back and forth, as if ice skating. And if you’ve ever ice-skated, you know how effectively the movement challenges your stabilizing hip muscles.
Sliding back and forth on the BRRRN Board delivers a little bit of cardio, and it’s also getting you moving in multiple planes. Most leg exercises, from lunges to deadlifts to squats, have you moving in what’s called the sagittal plane, essentially training the muscles in much the same way that you’d walk or run forward. But the body can also move laterally, too, and, especially if you play sports, this lateral movement is a key. You get to train that on the BRRRN Board, simply by sliding back and forth.
A myriad of other exercises can take place on the BRRRN Board: sliding bodyweight hamstrings curls, lunges where your feet never lose contact with the ground, and plenty of other movements are easily executed here.
It all adds up to a great changeup workout for legs that I’ve quickly come to love. I’ll still train those other leg fundamentals, squats, lunges, and other weighted moves in the gym. But then I head inside, turn on some Amazon Prime, and hit the BRRRN Board for some supplemental leg work. It’s simple and friendly, and perhaps best of all, it pulls me away from basic weights and gets me moving in a different way.
After a long year of quarantine-powered basics and more than a little fitness boredom, that alone makes the BRRRN Board terrific fun.
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