KUMO BOARD OWNERS GUIDE


Thank you for purchasing a Kumo Board, the air-fueled balance system designed to help you achieve your balance, fitness and athletic goals. This manual will help you become familiar with your Kumo Board, roller and cushion and understand the risks and hazards associated with balance trainers in general and the Kumo Board in particular.

Kumo means ‘cloud’ in Japanese. Like a cloud Kumo Board is softer and more comfortable than traditional wooden and plastic balance trainers. Kumo Board’s inflatable technology allows the board, roller and cushion to be soft and skill-level adjustable for a wide variety of settings and uses.  

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Because Kumo Board, roller and cushion are inflatable you must keep them free of sharp objects or surfaces and avoid any type of sharp protrusion that could cause a puncture.  You’ll also want to keep the inflation valves clean and clear of any dirt or debris. To clean simply wipe down your Kumo Board, roller and cushion as needed using a mild surface cleaner and a clean cloth.

STORAGE & TRANSPORT (watch the video)

Rolling up your board, roller and cushion is convenient for travel and ease of transport but not recommended for extended storage.  When storing your board, roller and cushion for extended periods of time it is recommended that you keep them slightly inflated to avoid creases created when they are folded or rolled up. Keep your board, roller and cushion in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight.  

INFLATING and DEFLATING (watch the video)

To inflate your Kumo Board and roller use a manual or electric pump, the same type used for inflating car tires and bicycles, and which has an accurate integrated pressure gauge.  NEVER INFLATE KUMO BOARD WITHOUT MONITORING THE PRESSURE TO ENSURE YOU DO NOT OVERINFLATE!

Your board, roller and cushion will stay inflated for many hours, however they will naturally lose air pressure over time.  Reinflate as needed to maintain the desired firmness. To minimize air loss be sure to properly tighten down the valve core on your board using the included core tightener/remover.  

 

WHAT IS BALANCE TRAINING?

Balance Training involves activities that develop, maintain and improve our awareness and control over the movement and positioning of our bodies at both conscious and subconscious levels. It has proven benefits for young and old in athletics as well as daily life. The mind and body must work in unison to coordinate and anticipate movements in order to maintain balance and control. This mind/body awareness, together with increased development of smaller stabilizer muscles in your body, results in the ability to maintain one’s balance through a wider range of motions, creates a more ‘grounded’ feeling and improves posture.  Balance training can be used used to prevent injury (“prehab”), maintain your sense of proprioception and is a key component of physical therapy rehabilitation following injury, particularly to the ankles and knees. To summarize, balance training equates to improved health and quality of life for all ages and abilities. We invite you to ‘get on board’ and experience the unique balance training benefits Kumo Board offers.

  • Better coordination and balance
  • Greater core strength and stability
  • Increased agility and ability to avoid falls
  • Athletic performance improvements for any sport
  • Heightened proprioceptive awareness in daily life

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

DISREGARDING ANY OF THE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN THE OWNER’S MANUAL AND/OR ON THE PRODUCT MAY RESULT IN INJURY... INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY OF DEATH.

While Kumo Board is soft and user-friendly compared to traditional wooden and plastic balance boards, it is important to remember that all balance boards have an inherent amount of challenge and risk, regardless of the materials they are made of.  Due to the high-pressure inflation technology used in the Kumo board and roller there are also several safety precautions unique to this product.

  • DO NOT OVER-INFLATE! When inflating you MUST use an accurate pressure gauge to ensure you do not over-inflate the board and/or roller. The maximum inflation level for Kumo Board is 25psi. Check the gauge regularly as you inflate the board.
  • Never use an electric pump or air compressor without a pressure gauge.
  • Never leave an electric pump or air compressor unattended while inflating.
  • NEVER CONSUME ALCOHOL OR ANY OTHER SUBSTANCE THAT MAY IMPAIR YOUR COORDINATION, JUDGEMENT OR ABILITY TO SAFELY USE KUMO BOARD.
  • IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS WHEN USED BY CHILDREN: An adult must explain all Health and Safety Information and usage guidelines and instructions to all children who are going to use the KUMO Board. Failure to do so may result in serious injury or death. An adult should assist young children when first using to make sure they understand correct use.
  • Use of the KUMO  Board may require varying amounts of physical activity. Consult a doctor before using the Kumo Board if:
    • YOU ARE OR MAY BE PREGNANT
    • YOU HAVE HEART, RESPIRATORY, BACK, JOINT OR OTHER ORTHOPEDIC CONDITIONS
    • YOU HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
    • YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY WITH PHYSICAL EXERCISE
    • YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO RESTRICT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
  • NEVER USE KUMO BOARD AND/OR ROLLER BEYOND YOUR SKILLS OR ABILITY.
  • NEVER LEAVE KUMO BOARD AND/OR ROLLER EXPOSED TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT
  • REGULARLY INSPECT AIR VALVES AND ENTIRE BOARD/ROLLER FOR TEARS AND/OR DAMAGE BEFORE USE.

While using the KUMO Board, if you experience excessive fatigue, shortness of breath, chest tightness, dizziness, discomfort or pain, STOP USE IMMEDIATELY and consult a doctor.

GETTING STARTED

  • Only use on a clean, dry surface free of any obstacles within an 8 foot radius. The ideal surface for beginners is a thick carpet which provides a softer surface in the event of a fall and also slows down the board and/or roller.
  • Always use a spotter or balance aid until you are proficient at a given setting.
  • Always begin using the lowest possible setting.
    • Beginner - Board Only on a smooth, flat, carpeted surface
    • Intermediate - Board + Cushion (higher cushion inflation = more difficult)
    • Advanced - Board + Roller (higher roller inflation = faster)
  • Always maintain proper posture
    • Knees bent
    • Back straight
    • Feet shoulder width apart
    • Head upright, do not stare at your feet
  • Beginner
    • Begin with a gentle range of motion on your Kumo Board until you become familiar with the movement. Always maintain stable upright body position and proper heads-up posture with eyes looking straight forwarward
    • SIDE TO SIDE Shift your weight from left foot to right foot
    • FRONT TO BACK Shift your weight from heels to toes and back.
    • Countless exercises can be performed on the board, visit www.kumoboard.com/videos to learn more.
  • Intermediate
    • Place the Kumo cushion underneath your board, using your fingers to check to make sure the cushion is centered underneath the board.
    • Follow the same SIDE TO SIDE and FRONT TO BACK motions as in the beginner mode
    • Countless exercises can be performed on the board, visit www.kumoboard.com/videos to learn more.
  • Advanced
    • Place the Kumo roller underneath your board slightly off center.  
    • Place one foot on the end of the board that is touching the ground and keep your weight on this foot
    • Place your other foot on the side of the board that is up in the air
    • Always have a spotter until you are proficient!  Hold your spotters wrists and shift your weight onto the roller.  
    • Continue to hold your spotters wrists and rock back and forth, weighting one foot and then the other, while keeping both ends of the board from touching the ground
    • Continue to practice until you are comfortable without putting weight or pressure on your spotter.  Your spotter should keep their arms in the “ready” position, as if they are about to grab you in the event of a fall, and you should take their hands when needed.
    • Countless exercises can be performed on the board, visit www.kumoboard.com/videos to learn more.

WARRANTY

Trim Line Sports LLC warrants that all Kumo Board®  products are free of manufacturing defects in workmanship and materials and warrants that Kumo Board® will repair or replace, at our discretion, defective parts or equipment (excluding wear from normal usage or misuse of the product) for the period of one year from the date of purchase. To register your Kumo Board for the Kumo Board Limited Warranty visit www.kumoboard.com/register