A slide board is a great training tool traditionally used by ice hockey players and skaters but it can benefit any athlete. The board is designed to enhance lateral movement and strengthen leg power all in one smooth exercise. The simple construction of a slide board is easy and inexpensive to create and provides an intense training workout for the serious athlete or an aerobic exercise for the occasional user.
Choose a smooth, flat surface to use as your sliding area. This can be any material such as laminated wood like used for counter tops or old white boards, as long as it's smooth. It needs to be 60 cm (24 inches) wide and 3 metres (10 feet) long. This length is intended for more advanced athletes. You can select a slightly shorter surface for beginners.
Create two bumpers. Cut two pieces from the width of your board. Staple a soft padding such as rubber foam to one long edge of each bumper. Cover each one with vinyl material, stapling it to the wood. Nail these pieces to the board with the padding facing inwards and being sure the nails don't come through the bottom of your board.
Wax the surface of your board using a car or bowling alley wax. This should be done as often as needed to decrease friction.
Make booties to wear while sliding on the board. These should be made of a slippery yet durable material like nylon or wool. Make a simple drawstring bag to slip your foot into and tie it around your ankle. It's best to only wear socks under the booty, not shoes.
Things you need
- Long, smooth surface
- 5 by 10 cm (2 by 4 inch) wood
- Rubber foam
- Staple gun