Indo Boarding is an increasingly popular fitness option, much beloved by climbers, gymnasts, skateboarders and other athletes that want to develop balance and core strength. To use an Indo Board, the user balances on a wide, flat board atop a sturdy roller and proceeds to rock back and forth on the roller while maintaining equilibrium. An authentic Indo Board package can cost a pocketful of cash, leading a few more innovative individuals to create custom boards and rollers for a fraction of the cost.
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Things you need
- 4 1/2-inch PVC pipe
- Hacksaw or cotton string
- Duct tape
- Coarse- and fine-grit sandpaper
Trim a length of 4 1/2-inch PVC pipe down to approximately 15 inches. You can cut through PVC with a hacksaw or by looping a length of damp cotton string around the pipe and pulling either end back and forth. With enough pressure, the friction will cut through the pipe.
Wrap a strip of duct tape around the middle of the PVC pipe. Add another strip on top of the first so that there are two layers of tape wrapped around the pipe.
Wrap two layers of tape between the middle strip and either end of the pipe. When finished, you should have three strips of tape splitting the pipe into four equal sections. The tape will give your board traction as it rolls across the PVC pipe.
Sand down any sharp edges on the PVC pipe using coarse-grade sandpaper. Curved edges are ideal. Use fine-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish on the plastic.
Tips and warnings
- Some Indo Board enthusiasts use an unopened two-liter bottle of water as a homemade roller. These bottles are the correct size and will only leak if they break.
- Always exercise the appropriate safety precautions when using an authentic or improvised Indo Board.
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