Balance is the one thing that really keeps us in the saddle when things get exciting. The Balance Rider is an innovative tool designed by Jim Lauter, an exercise physiologist from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He is an expert in the field of proprioceptor exercise and core training. He designed this system with the help of professionals in the horse industry along with experts in human anatomy such as chiropractors and physical therapists.
The Balance Rider strengthens your spinal stabilizer muscles and your neurological proprioceptive system. This is the system that sends a message to the brain when you are out of balance and enables you to regain it.
From the BalanceRider.com website:
Radically improves seated balance and core strength . . .
The Balance Rider is non-motorized mechanical apparatus that responds to the balance–and imbalance of its rider. The barrel shaped seat, like the bare back of a horse, provides the most effective conditions for the attainment of seated balance.
The Balance Rider moves in completely random fashion, creating balance that is natural and enabling the rider to adjust to virtually any movement of the horse.
Where to ride . . . Sturdy and compact, The Balance Rider fits right into your living space so you can ride and train while watching TV or socializing in the comfort of your home . . . anytime.
Designed by . . . An exercise scientist, with a little help from several experienced, and highly skilled equestrians and a Chiropractic Physician.
Endorsed by . . .
• Leading horsewomen and horsemen
• Personal trainers and doctors with special expertise in the area of proprioceptor exercise and core development.
The Balance Rider gets to the true core of the core, so to speak, by challenging the muscles that lie closer to the center of the body. These muscles are more about the business of stabilizing than they are about weight bearing. Included among these are: the psoas, a long muscle that runs down the front of the spine and attaches at the top of the femur; the multifidus and erector spinae, both deep spine muscles; and the transversus abdominis, the deepest of the abdominal muscles.
In exercise, challenge–especially when diversified–equals gain. The Balance Rider offers natural diversity by virtue of the fact that it is response oriented with no predictable pattern of motion. Certainly the superficial muscles are also engaged and ultimately strengthened, but because of what The Balance Rider asks of the body, the “focus” is on the inner core. As it happens, the pelvic floor and the diaphragm are also beneficiaries of this unique conditioning.
As to proprioception . . . The Balance Rider develops the “organic memory” of the proprioceptors that reside within the deep core muscles. The result is a “command-free” stabilization of the spine, and automatic balance.
If you have any questions, would like to try out a Balance Rider or receive information on pricing please contact Heidi. firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-380-3268