How to Build a Homemade Wobble Board


A wobble board helps you to develop balance and coordination, as well as strength in the core, knees and ankles. A board is placed on top of an unstable, round point of balance, so that you must recruit all your muscles to maintain a stationary pose. You can use the wobble board for pushups as well as standing exercise. With a little time and the right tools, you can make your own wobble board to save money.

How to Build a Homemade Wobble Board
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Things You'll Need

  • 3/4-inch thick MDF or plywood
  • Softball
  • Thumbtack
  • String
  • Marker
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with bit set
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
Step 1

Measure, mark and cut the 3/4-inch MDF into a circle with a 24-inch diameter. Many hardware stores sell round MDF, but if you can't find it, purchase a 24-inch by 24-inch square MDF and mark the circle by using a string attached to a thumbtack as a compass. Push the thumbtack in the center of the circle; tie one end of the string around the thumbtack and the other end around the marker, for a radius of 12 inches.

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Step 2

Draw a second 2-inch to 3-inch circle by shortening the string; if your string is 1 inch long, your circle will have a 2-inch diameter. The center circle needs to be slightly smaller than the softball's diameter, so the size of the softball will determine the size needed for the circle.

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Step 3

Drill a small hole with a wood drill bit to make an entry point for the jigsaw, and cut the smaller circle out with the jigsaw.

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Step 4

Smooth the cut's rough edges with sandpaper. Paint the board if you want.

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Step 5

Place the board over the softball so that part of the ball is protruding through the top of the board. Mount the board one foot at a time, and you are ready to begin working on your balance.

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