Slide board training has been around for a while yet little has changed throughout the years in the development of this unique training product....until now!
PolyGlide Synthetic Ice has implemented the latest in synthetic ice technology into the development of it's new "Slip Slide Board", an infused synthetic ice slide board that does not require any surface sprays or lubricants to train.
Today's industry "standard" slide board consists of either a roll-up or flat, rigid surface that requires a topical spray lubricant application in order to slide on the board.
By implementing their Pro-Glide infused synthetic ice technology into a slide board, PolyGlide Ice has greatly reduced the surface coefficient of friction and created more of an ice-like feel while training.
Benefits of a Slide Board Workout Program
This little-known piece of exercise equipment can provide a great workout for your whole body and help maintain a high level of fitness to help keep you in shape without ever leaving your home.
There are many different ways you can utilize a slide board to get into shape that does not require a whole lot of space unlike many other exercise machines that can be quite bulky.
Some of the great things about slide boards is that they are quite versatile, portable and easy to store in between your workout programs.
You can use them for a wide variety of exercises, making them a great choice for people who want to mix up their workout routine on a weekly basis and develop different muscle group.
Here are some of the main benefits you can achieve by implementing a slide board workout program into your weekly routine.:
Improved Cardiovascular Health
You can utilize the slide board for a low-impact cardio workout to get your blood pumping and enjoy the benefits of optimal cardio health.
This is a great way to get your heart rate up without putting too much strain on your lower joints and quite easy to perform once you get started.
The benefits of cardiovascular optimal cardio health is well documented and can help extend ones life when performed on a regular basis.
Here are a few of the positive results that can be achieved by implementing a regular cardiovascular exercise program into your weekly routine:
Reduce your risk of developing heart disease
- Lower your blood pressure
- Improve your cholesterol levels
- Boost your energy levels
- Improve your mental health and well-being
As you can see, "cardio" is an important part of any workout routine because it has so many benefits for both your body and your mind that can help with your overall fitness.
Not only does cardio help improve your overall health, but it can also help boost your energy levels, improve your mental health, and even help you to better manage stress.
The best part is, there are plenty of ways to fit cardio into your day, whether you’re taking a brisk walk during your lunch break, going for a run after work OR hoping on your slide board, so there’s no excuse not to get started!
It's easy to start a synthetic ice slide board exercise program, all you need is a pair of Slip Socks, flat surface and maybe a little music should you so desire (or a good audio book ;-)
Strength training has many special benefits that can help you achieve your fitness goals by working on various muscle groups and now it's easy to add it to your slide board routine.
One of the main benefits of strength training is that it can help you lose weight if you are carrying around extra body fat as it will help you build muscle, which will in turn help you burn more calories.
In addition, strength training can help to improve your bone density and reduce your risk of injuries something that not many people are aware of but is an essential part of fitness.
Strength training has also been proven to improver mental health, build self-esteem and confidence AND lower levels of anxiety and depression by maintaining a regular program.
If you are looking for a way to feel better about yourself, then incorporate a strength-training program into your slide board routine and you will reap all the benefits that this simple exercise board has to offer.
It won't take long to achieve results so the key thing is to get started!
Balance and Coordination
There are many benefits you get from improving your balance and coordination including a better posture, reducing stress on your joints and preventing the risk of falling.
Improving your balance and coordination can also help you move more efficiently as you begin to feel more in control of your body the more you continue to exercise.
This means that you'll be able to save energy and reduce fatigue when participating in activities like walking, running, or playing sports.
If you're looking for a way to improve your overall health and well-being, then consider a slide board workout to improve your balance and coordination.
You may be surprised at how much of a difference it can make in your everyday life in a very short period of time!
Before Beginning Your Workout
As with all exercises, it's important to stretch the intended muscle groups before beginning your workout routine because the last thing you want to do is injure yourself.
This is why it is important to properly stretch and warm up before starting your routine and get the most out of your workout.
Stretching is important because it helps to lengthen your muscles and tendons which will increase your range of motion prior to working out and will help prevent injuries.
When stretching, be sure to hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds and breathe deeply and slowly while stretching.
Warming up before you exercise is also crucial as a good warm-up will increase your heart rate and blood flow, which will help to prepare your body for physical activity.
A simple warm-up could involve walking or jogging in place for a few minutes, or in this case a light lateral back-and-forth lateral slide on your synthetic ice slide board.
To help simplify things we listed some of the many popular slide board exercises into three main categories.
You will soon find out that there are virtually endless combinations of these to pick and choose and challenge you to create your own once you get comfortable with your synthetic ice slide board:
Sprinting slide board exercises is the standard lateral, side-to-side movement that emulates ice skating and incorporates a proper skating stride along with arm swing and positioning.
This movement can be performed using different degrees of knee bend depending on the overall goals of your workout and you can also mix-up the arm swing also if you like (short, long or behind the back)
Performing high-rep sprints will provide an intense cardio work out and get your heart rate up quickly if that's the workout you're looking for.
First, put on your stretchy "Slip Socks" over your shoes or sneakers and get into starting position at one end of the board with the outside part of your foot resting up against the cushioned foot rest.
Keep your feet shoulder length apart and lower yourself slightly with your knees bent and when you're ready, explosively push off the foot rest and glide laterally across the board until you reach the other end.
Make sure to keep your body facing forward and avoid bouncing while you sprint and then sprint back to the starting position.
Continue to repeat this movement for a total of 30 seconds.
Feel free to increase the time as you get more comfortable with the exercise.
Slide board lunges are a great way to strengthen your lower body and develop good balance when performed properly.
Start the lunge movement by positioning yourself on the floor with your back to the short side end of the slide board.
Take your intended sliding foot and position it at the end of the board before the foot rest with your other foot firmly on the ground just off the end of the slide board.
From this position, put your hands in a praying stance and slowly slide your rear foot backward while bending your front knee until your rear sliding knee lightly taps the top on the slide board with both knees bent.
Your front leg should be bent with your foot planted firmly on the floor with your upper body upright and your core engaged and once your thigh is parallel to the ground, press back up to the starting position.
That's one rep.
Repeat for desired number of repetitions before switching legs and repeating on the other side.
Variation: This exercise can be made more challenging by holding dumbbells in each hand or wearing a weight vest.
Just make sure to start slow and listen to your body and if something doesn't feel right, stop and consult a doctor or certified personal trainer before continuing.
Single Leg squat exercises on a slide board a quite common and there are multiple variations you can consider for this exercise both with and without weights.
Start the squat movement with both legs shoulder length apart and by positioning yourself parallel with the slide board with one leg firmly on the ground and your sliding leg on the end of the slide board.
Begin the squat by bending your grounded leg into a squat position while moving your slide leg laterally towards the center of the slide board until your thigh is parallel with the ground
Once your thighs are parallel with the floor, return to the starting positing.
Repeat for desired number of repetitions before switching legs and repeating on the other side.
Now that you know some of the advantages and different ways you utilize a synthetic ice slide board to improve your overall fitness, let's look at how to get started.
First, in starting with the slide board, PolyGlide Ice has designed the first of its kind, synthetic ice "Slip Slide Board" that does not require any surface spray lubricants or enhancers. Simply throw on your Slip Socks and start sliding!
Once you get your slide board, simply set it up in an area where you have plenty of space to move around and start working out by doing some simple exercises until you feel comfortable on the board.
If you're new to slide boarding, it's important to start slow and gradually increase the intensity of your workout and remember to listen to your body and stop if you start to feel pain.
Start by putting together a training program that incorporates a few exercises that you like and continue to add more as you grow stronger on the board.
So get motivated and get your slide board and start exercising!
With a little bit of practice, you'll be slide-boarding like a pro in no time!
Keep on Skating! - Jim Loughran