History of the Balance Board

Design Development History of the Modern Balance Board

Although people have likely been trying to design the perfect balance board since time began, our records show that balance boards were used in our earliest circus and other performance shows.

One of the most unique balance boards marketed during the 50s was the "Paul Bunyan Balance Board." It was made of wood and featured a large comic sketch of the mighty Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox balancing themselves on boards and logs. This early balance board was marketed to "kids from six to sixty."

Another modern balance board was created by the famous WWII pilot Stanley Washburn Jr. It was inspired by his meeting with children on Africa's Gold Coast - the kids were playing with a plank and log. Washburn created his own version as a gift for his daughter. The Bongo Board was sold in 1952 and became a popular toy.

Our highest quality balance boards today are made with 100-percent green technology. They promote sustainability in every way. They also come in several sizes to accommodate different weights and adapt to different purposes. Balance boards have been embraced by athletes, students and others as a great method for balance training, strength building, and physical and cognitive rehabilitation.

Today's Balance Boards Offer Something for Everyone

So who are balance boards for? To put it simply, today's balance boards are for everyone that celebrates movement. They are for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Balance boards are also for both work and play! In combination with today's popular stand-up desks and desks with adjustable heights, the balance board is a powerful tool for the office or the classroom.

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What user's are saying about us:

I LOVE my fluidstance board! I cannot emphasize that enough. I rock and rotate all day long. I am continually moving while on the board and thus reduce the pain I was feeling in my knees and hips all the time.

- William Lawerence

The Original


Hand cast aluminum with bamboo

The Original is FluidStance's category-creating deck.

Made in the USA, the top deck, CNC milled and finished in a local woodshop, is a solid half-inch of three-ply bamboo, one of the world's most abundant and renewable resources.

The Level®


Die-cast military grade aluminum base

Made in the USA, the Level® features a half-inch wooden top deck, available in natural maple, maple with a walnut finish, or solid bamboo. The entire top deck is protected with a low-emitting finish for hardwood floors.

The Plane Cloud


Recycled plastic and foam cushion top

The Plane Cloud is the little brother of the category-creating Level®. It offers a similar ride in a slightly smaller eco-friendly package. The Plane Cloud is US-made and composed of recycled materials.

Please contact us at flow@fluidstance.com with any questions.