In part 1 of snowboard training at home post, I explored a cheap DIY balance board method.
After a few weeks at mastering the DIY balance of going side to side I wanted something a bit more challenging. Something that will allow me to work on the toe, heel and turning motion. I discovered the Zippy Vew-do board.
My Zippy Vew-do board finally arrived from Amazon!
The downside of ordering from Amazon was that there was a 3 week wait. The plus side I saved £28.08 and got the extra foam roller.
Whats included with the Zippy Vew-do Board?
In the package you get 4 items:
– The board (a.k.a. the deck)
– wooden roller
– foam roller
– instructions (though mine were in french, I think my board came from France)
Vew-do Board Size?
The size of the board itself is slightly bigger than a normal skateboard. Where your feet are placed is wider so when you’re standing on the board it feels more responsive i.e. when you push forward on your toes. It feels like you have more control.
I found the wider board was better for practising with snowboard boots on too.
What surface to practice on?
As we have carpet in our living room, we decided to obtain a square bit of ply wood as a base and cover it in carpet tiles (because we had some sitting around, but short pile carpet will do). This is to protect our carpet and underlay. However if you have hard floors, then I would suggest you use this on a sort of mat or similar.
However you can see from the very short clip that we has a problem with the carpet tiles. They kept moving on the wooden board we had thus the roller kept getting stuck. We therefore decided to glue our carpet tiles to the board with PVA glue.
My Conclusion of the Zippy Vew-do Board
The Zippy Vew-do board is definitely more challenging than the DIY balance board. The Vew-do board moves a lot faster on the flat wooden surface. Also the face that the wooden roller doesn’t flex, there is less surface contact with the floor thus less resistance. The other fact is that there is now movement when you lean forward and back (not just side to side). I feel this trains the core even more to help you balance in all directions.
In terms of turn practising, the Vew-do board forces you to exaggerate your movements more to be able to “lift” the roller onto the kind of “stabiliser” as you turn. I feel the Vew-do board gets you to practice moving your body into a similar kind of position when you turn on the snowboard.
To complement my training on the Vew-do board, I am also doing a lot of exercise which targets the legs, butt and core. I will share the exercises I’m doing for my next post.