What's new at Indo Board
Happy New Year! 2009 is here and with it a bunch of fresh Indo Board news and happenings. So let's jump right in!
December proved to be an amazing month for IndoBoard when it came to publicity with not one but TWO appearances of the Today Show. The first was on December 8th when Indo Board was named as a "Hot Hollywood Gift" on a recurring segment entitled "Bobby's Style Buzz".
The second appearance was December 30th as part of a segment called "New Ways to Workout for 2009" which came compliments of Crunch Fitness' efforts to promote their new group fitness classes which feature Indo Boards. Crunch Fitness has developed several group fitness classes using both the Indo Original (deck and roller) and the IndoFLO® Balance Stimulator (deck and IndoFLO® cushion) and features these classes in their Union Square location in New York City. The current class that is being offered is Winter Indoboarding; a class designed to help you get in shape for skiing and snowboarding this winter.
In other publicity news, Indo Board was also featured on the E! Online Holiday Gift Guide thanks to continued media coverage we have received as the result of Zac Efron telling the world that his favorite 21st birthday present was an Indo Board he received from High School Musical co-star Ashley Tisdale.
Ever since inception the Indo Board has been a favorite amongst yoga practitioners and enthusiasts. At the Elk Rapids Yoga Studio in Elk Rapids, MI that is especially true. Zach Matheson , co-owner (with his wife Amie) of the studio explains the Indo Board's role in his yoga practice.
"An initial workout on the Indo Board starts with work on the IndoFLO cushion for 2 weeks, 5 minutes prior to each class. The students get out the boards and take turns standing feet apart comfortably "playing" on the boards for five minutes, picking up one foot and shifting their weight side to side but trying not to let the deck touch the ground. After a couple of weeks on the IndoFLO®, we move to the roller; assisted by a spotter. Here the idea of balance really comes home and many students have an "AH HA" moment at this phase. As students experience balance so dynamically on the boards, it is a natural transition mentally to apply the same feeling to the yoga postures. As a yoga teacher I am convinced the "balance feeling" can't be taught; it must be experienced. The Indo Board is our laboratory for introducing this experience in an easy and fun way."
In winter sports news, Indo Board is proud to announce the addition of Matthias Giraud , a professional freeskier that has combined the sports of extreme freeskiing with B.A.S.E. Jumping (what the *#&!) to our list of Indo Athletes . Matthias was the first to attempt (and complete, thankfully) a ski B.A.S.E. jump on Mount Hood, Oregon and Engineer Mountain in Durango, Colorage. To see an interview and the amazing video of the Engineer Mountain jump, click here. Matthias has been featured on CNN and many other national new outlets as well. Right now Matthias is recovering from an injury (surprise!) but plans to come back stronger than ever in 2009. Matthias states, "The Indo Board will be a great training tool to keep me strong and help rehab my foot!" Good luck Matthias.
Finally, this month's Letter of the Month comes from Olympic Bronze Medalist in BMX, Jill Kintner.
"I was first introduced to the Indo Board at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California for rehabilitation purposes. I had a couple of major knee injuries during the 2008 Olympic qualification process and needed every component of my recovery addressed to make it to the Olympic Games in Beijing. The Indo Board proved to be great for strengthening those little stability muscles that are hard to isolate, plus the board adds a bit of fun when you are all grumpy about being injured and have to do the same stuff every day. It's a great challenge!
I finally had the ACL reconstruction surgery to fix the major damage from before the Olympics and now, a couple months after, the Indo Board is part of my daily rehabilitation. One legged balancing, squats on the board using either the roller or cushion; all these things help in the overall recovery and I am glad to have it to keep me "balanced" :)."
Thanks Indo Board
Jill Kintner- Olympic Bronze Medalist - BMX 2008