The Core-Tex™ is a reactive training device capable of training balance, stability, mobility and other important skills needed for sport, occupation and life. The 30" diameter platform is cradled within a base unit that contains ball transfers to allow the platform to move in all three planes of motion (tri-planar) while simultaneously moving the position of the body over the base (translation). The optional handrail with three height adjustments provides needed support for novice, rehabilitating or senior users.
The Core-Tex weighs 33 pounds, plus an additional 9 pounds for the handrail. The base and platform are both constructed from durable ABS plastic and features a non-slip rubber surface and bumpers for safety and security. The steel handrail is powder-coated for durability and has a foam-rubber handrail grip for added comfort.
Based on first impressions, the Core-Tex™ may be considered a balance-training device, but after trying it, one realizes it goes beyond balance, stability or even core training. While most balance-training devices strive for improved static stabilization on an unstable surface, the Core-Tex is designed for whole-body dynamic stabilization over its unique platform. This trains additional skills that include reactivity, power and coordination. It is this unique characteristic of the Core-Tex that generates simultaneous tri-planar movement and translation that differentiates it from other balance-training devices that either work in all three planes (e.g., wobble boards) or offer translation in one plane (e.g., Indo Board™), but do not combine the two. However, this key feature may also prove to be very challenging, which is why the optional handrail should be utilized for first-time and novice users. Additionally, there are two interchangeable options for the bumpers that hold the platform within the base—the larger bumper creates less motion for new users, while the smaller bumper creates more motion.
The accompanying DVD offers multiple exercise options that range from simple to advanced, either with the handrail to assist with single-leg and more advanced movements, or without it by simply lifting the platform off the handrail (without any need for tools or disassembly).
With the handrail, the user has full 360° access to the platform for various positions, including standing, sitting, kneeling, quadruped (plus hands-on-floor option), supine, hands-on/feet-on-floor, feet-on/hands-on-floor or a unilateral position with one foot on and one foot off the floor.
The Core-Tex weighs 33 pounds, plus an additional 9 pounds for the handrail, making it portable for most. The base and platform are both constructed from durable ABS plastic and has a non-slip rubber surface and bumpers for safety and security. The steel handrail is powder-coated for durability and features a foam-rubber handrail grip for added comfort. The Core-Tex contains three stainless steel ball transfers that can be easily re-positioned within the base to adjust the degree of platform reactivity.
What we liked:
- Offers a unique experience that is both fun and challenging
- DVD provides a good variety of examples for beginners
- Accommodates a variety of different exercises in multiple positions—has multiple applications from physical therapy to sports performance
- Facilitates training multiple parameters of health and fitness (e.g., balance, power, reactivity, coordination, anaerobic endurance)
- Features a sturdy, stable base and is well-constructed
- Does not require power output and needs little to no maintenance
What we didn’t like:
- Exercises could be intimidating to new exercisers; requires proper use and instruction
- Standing exercises may be initially too challenging for some individuals
March 1, 2011