Skating, Surfing,Biking, Weight Lifting and Yoga all do a good job with keeping you in shape to snowboard. However the Indo board is another way that comes close to working the same muscles in your legs and keeping your balance in check. I have owned an indo board for well over 10 years and feel it’s a great surfing trainer and a good snowboard trainer.
We have not tried all of these but I own the Indo Original and briefly tried the Indo Pro so this is our take on the Original. The Original has been in my apt for years and it really helped me keep my legs ready for surfing and some what ready for snowboarding. It also became something that sucked in my roommates into doing as well. These boards have been around for years in some form or another. I remember my uncle made one of these in the 80’s to screw around with when the surf was flat. It’s come a long way since then. There are a few other companies out there that make similar balance boards and their primary competitor is the vew do boards that you see on this site as well.
The Original Indo Board is what we are most familiar with and it has stood the test of time. It’s bulky and thick but easy to learn on. It is perfect for riders of all levels. The other boards have a similar feeling but offer variations. I’d personally like to have the Indo Mini Pro instead of the Original for staying in shape for snowboarding. You can get a pretty good workout. I hate the gym. It just sucks to go in there and see a bunch of sweaty people looking at themselves in the mirror all the time. Even worse is the dude who spends all his time working his upper body and then calls a leg work out running on a tread mill. It is much better hanging out in your living room, watching a good movie and screwing around on a balance board or doing some workouts with it.
We have found that the hardest thing to retain during the off season is your balance and sense of riding a snowboard. This helps keep you in shape but it just doesn’t feel like you are on a snowboard. So if you compare this to the Vew do board you can ollie easier because there isn’t a track but you can’t simulate turning on a snowboard with the Indo Original like you can with the Vew Do Indy. Both are fun boards so if you are more into ollies the Indo is the call but if you are more into keeping your feet in shape for turning the Vew Do Indy is the Call. I thnk a better comparison would be to have the Indy vs. the Mini Pro so hopefully we’ll get that going for you if Indo is willing.