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Why it works
Scroll down below the figure for details on
how the Trainer works. What's most
important is why: three features
separate the Ultimate Balance Trainer from balance boards & balls
and every other balance-training aid:
1. The Trainer is so small and light that it
can be used while practicing the sport itself.
You experience what moving in balance "feels" like
while you are practicing your sport — a revelation to
many people, even to some veteran and accomplished athletes.
2. When you are off-balance, the
Trainer tells you immediately and in which direction
— and sometimes you may be surprised! Many athletes
in many fast-moving situations are not aware when they are
off-balance, or in what direction.
3. The 16 levels of sensitivity allow every
user to receive just the right amount of feedback for steady
improvement for every drill. Users quickly find that their
balance is better in certain motions than in others —
we all know which are our "best shots" and which ones we avoid!
— and the Trainer allows you to work on
each drill at the appropriate level for your skill in that
1.75" x 3" x 0.75" and weighs 1.5 oz)
How it works
It is not necessary to understand how the Trainer
works in order to use it. The physics of balance are complex;
so you can skip this section and still enjoy the full benefit
of using the Trainer to improve your balance.
The Ultimate Balance Trainer monitors and analyses
body angle and acceleration using electronic motion sensors.
Its software continuously compares the wearer's upper-body
position against the optimal. A gentle voice speaks from the
device only when the user is off-balance, and says "Front",
"Back", "Right" or "Left" —
and the user intuitively corrects his/her position while practicing.
The animated figure to the left illustrates
optimal balance at rest and in motion. When you are standing
still, you are in balance when your hips, trunk and head —
your "core" — are all lined up vertically
and there is no strain in any direction that can cause spinal
stress. When you are accelerating, and especially when you
are reversing direction, as occurs frequently in many sports,
your core should no longer be lined up vertically. You should
lean into the direction of acceleration, just enough to keep
your core stable (and your spine relaxed!) Watch the pendulum
and you will observe that the base — the "legs"
— moves slightly in the opposite direction from the
top — the "core" — to initiate or reverse
motion. This dynamic allows efficient motion and transfer
of power through the core without spinal stress. The large
muscles in your legs are doing the work, your core is providing
rotation, your arms are providing control, and your head is
still, improving vision and coordination. This is the characteristic,
intuitive motion that can be observed in top athletes in all
sports, and which was notoriously difficult to learn for the
rest of us. Until now!
Recently-developed electronic motion sensors, and
several years of painstaking testing and development,
ensure that the Ultimate Balance Trainer provides reliable
and accurate feedback — and yet the product is simple
and intuitive: just practice your sport, and a human voice
guides you to better balance.
The Ultimate Balance Trainer can be set to 16
sensitivity levels. These levels accommodate users over the
entire range of skills and for various sports (levels 1-10
are useful for dynamic running activities such as tennis;
levels 6-16 for more static activities such as physical therapy).
Feedback is appropriate to the student's level, and improvement
can be monitored by the student and teaching pro over time
and for a wide variety of drills and exercises.
All this in one small, rugged and light device
that attaches conveniently to your headgear using Velcro.
Click here to read or print out the Instruction Manual (PDF Format).
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Asked Questions page.