Active Balance and Stretching Products

Balancing Act

It’s easy to forget how important balance is to everything we do -- exercise, sports and everyday life. Luckily, it’s not hard to focus a little energy on improving balance.

Fitterfirst, founded by Louis Stack, makes a range of products that can help you improve your balance, increase mobility and strengthen your core. Having better balance and greater flexibility can not only make your other athletic endeavors easier but also make you less prone to injury. All of the products are uncomplicated and portable, so you can
use them at home or at work. And they’re fun, too

The Classic Balance Board can help improve ankle strength and increase your range of motion -- and it’s easy to do while you’re talking on the phone, working at the office or watching TV. For more aggressive balance training, the 16” and 20” Pro Wobble Boards allow greater adjustments to the angle of the sphere to control how much the board will tip.

If you spend long hours in a desk chair, the ProActive Disc is a sitting tool for exercise and rehabilitation. It lets you shift your hips and move back and forth to align your spine and stay active in your core. The effect is like a yoga ball, only less obvious (a great way to improve your abs on the company dime).

Finally, at the end of a long day, your tired muscles will appreciate the TravelRoller, a super-dense foam roller that lets you massage anywhere that needs it -- your quads, back, shoulders, hamstrings, neck and more. (The TravelRoller Acupressure Kit includes a TravelRoller plus three acupressure balls and an instructional DVD.)

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Louis

    Hi Daily Grommet, My name is Louis Stack, the founder of Fitterfirst. My vision with Fitterfirst was to offer a unique mix of quality products that would afford people the same outstanding results that I gained after rehabilitating injuries and to build a company that had the same principles by which I was raised. I believe that I have succeeded on both fronts.

    By incorporating some of these fitness products into your daily routine now, you will have a better relationship with gravity throughout your life, greater confidence in sports and daily living and most importantly you will age as gracefully as you can. I am here to answer the questions that you have.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/20/2011 12:22 PM

    Louis has developed an entire range of products to help you improve your balance and overall fitness such as the ones pictured in our email and the ones shown at the beginning of the video. We are featuring a small sampling of their more affordable products that make the benefits of balance training accessible to more people. If you are interested in the other products shown, click here.

  • Dianne
    4/20/2011 12:41 PM

    Hi, I am really interested in these products. Can you explain how the acupressure balls work? Thanks so much.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/20/2011 1:06 PM

    @Dianne: I will let Louis expand, but by positioning the balls at different places on the body you can relieve stress and tightness. The TravelRoller Acupressure kit comes with a 94 minute DVD to show you how to use both the roller and the balls.

  • Louis
    Louis – Special Guest
    4/20/2011 1:29 PM

    @Dianne: Thanks for the question! The balls are a great compliment to the Travel Roller as they allow for trigger point release throughout your body, especially if there is a smaller or specific area you'd like to zero in on even more. Each ball has a different density ranging from softer to firm. Use them to roll sore muscles in your feet, release tight glutes, target a trigger point in your back...whatever area you feel needs some TLC.

  • anne
    4/20/2011 1:28 PM

    Does the proactive disc tool work with a chair which has a back and arms?



  • Kyle
    4/20/2011 1:35 PM

    @anne: Hi Anne, Yes the proactive disc works with that type of chair, it works with pretty much any chair. It is basically just a small cushion that fills with air to create instability. I like to use the proactive disc in my car on long road trips!

  • anne
    5/16/2011 12:21 PM

    @Kyle: Thanks very much for your response! :)

  • Louis
    Louis – Special Guest
    4/20/2011 1:43 PM

    @anne: It certainly does! You can use this on almost any type of chair with or without a back and arms. Another great use for it is on an airplane seat to make travel more comfortable (the disc is especially handy for travel as it self inflates/deflates).

  • david
    4/20/2011 1:44 PM

    What is the diameter of the proactive disc?? Is there a weight limitation???

  • Louis
    Louis – Special Guest
    4/20/2011 2:15 PM

    @david: Great question! The diameter of the disc is 15 inches. We have not yet officially tested its burst rating, so unfortunately I cannot give you a weight limit, but I can say that they are very durable.

  • jude
    4/21/2011 9:02 AM

    Re the wobble board: I would like clarification as to why I would choose the pro model versus basic please.

  • Louis
    Louis – Special Guest
    4/21/2011 12:05 PM

    @jude: Both boards are great tools to work on your proprioception, balance and agility. The classic board and pro boards are made of different materials and have different designs. The 16" Classic Balance Board is an injection-molded board that adjusts to two angles: 14 and 17 degrees.

    The Pro Wobble Boards (available in 16" or 20") are very durable balance boards that are crafted from 3/4" birch wood. They adjust easily to three different degree levels by spinning the sphere beneath the board. The 20" board adjusts to 10, 12 and 15 degrees.The 16" board adjusts to 15, 17, and 20 degrees.

    Hope that helps!

  • KB
    4/21/2011 10:58 AM

    Just finished rolling with my Travelroller to start off my day. Best way to loosen up my upper and lower back.

  • Christy
    5/20/2011 2:35 AM

    Does the Balance Board tone your calves?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    5/20/2011 10:30 AM

    @Christy : Good question. I have forwarded it on to Louis and will let you know.

  • Louis
    Louis – Special Guest
    5/25/2011 3:47 PM

    @Christy : Great question! The balance board's intended purpose is not to tone calves, but rather to work on your overall balance, coordination, and stability.

  • Ann
    6/15/2011 3:26 PM

    LOVE my balance board!!!! I couldn't believe that my stomach muscles were sore the morning after I started using it! I stand on my board while watching's actually fun!

    Thank you from a 45 year old busy mom!!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/15/2011 4:26 PM

    @CG: Sore muscles - that is a good sign!

  • JL
    7/12/2011 1:05 PM

    What's the best surface for using the roller board? Does it damage hardwood floors? Does it work OK on broadloom carpet?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/12/2011 2:07 PM

    @JL: I talked to Louis and he says that the rollers work best on carpet. They are very fast on hard wood and if you are not smooth you could dent hard wood if you start and stop aggressively. It is all about being smooth.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mitzi
    11/6/2011 10:53 PM

    I am 70 years old and have osteoporosis in my spine. Six years ago, I also suffered a brain "bleed" in the equilibrium and have some minor issues with balance. Would use of the balance board be safe for me?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/7/2011 12:08 AM

    @Mitzi: It sounds like you have additional circumstances for which you need to be very careful. We would suggest asking your doctor if she or he feels that a balance board would be good for you.

  • Gene
    1/31/2012 9:29 PM

    I weigh 200 pounds. Will the classic balance board be sturdy enough for me?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    2/1/2012 1:57 PM

    @Gene : Louis Stack wants to share this wonderful news with you: "The classic Balance Board is fine for up to 250 Plus pounds. I am 220 and use one at my desk all the time. We had a 300 pound webmaster here years ago and he was determined to break one but was unable to do so. Please keep your head up and maintain good posture at all time when on a balance board. Be well."

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