Valuable aid for fitness fans
British wellbeing hub The White Studio introduces the first flexibility wheel, handcrafted from wood, to be produced in the UK.
The White Studio’s flexibility wheel is a 33cm-diameter wheel with an ergonomically-friendly 14.5cm width to accommodate the individual’s backbend (as exercises are performed) and provide more stability.
The wheel is used to increase flexibility of the user’s middle and lower back, open the upper back and as an aid to develop strength, balance and control, as well as perform deeper stretches and backbends.
The White Studio Commercial Director Simon Lines explains:
“When The White Studio began planning flexibility classes, we looked around for a competitively-priced quality wheel to use in the studio. Imagine our surprise to discover that our choices, in Europe, were essentially reduced to either a cheap, plastic wheel (imported from China) or a very expensive - though good quality - wood wheel (imported from the USA).
With this in mind, we set about exploring the possibility of constructing our own wheels here in the UK, a country with an outstanding history of manufacturing bespoke, high quality products.”
The White Studio’s initial choice was wood construction, but there are other materials (apart from the ubiquitous ‘injection moulded plastic’) that lend themselves to fitness wheel production.
The basis of all The White Studio wheels is laminated wood construction: thin sheets bonded together to form light and flexible, yet incredibly strong wheels. With this method as a basis, thinner wood wheels (which, by themselves, cannot meet weight requirements) were reinforced with a variety of different materials, giving differing ‘feels’ when used.
The White Studio flexibility wheels can be specified as wider than standard size, and therefore be more supportive. Most wheels on the market are around 125mm wide (5 inches). This ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach would be acceptable if humans were all (literally) one size. The White Studio took the view that, for better support, the basic wheel size should be closer to 6in wide, with options to go wider or narrower as required.
Because The White Studio wheels are individually crafted, there is scope for tremendous flexibility to construct them in a variety of widths, weights and stiffness, but also from a variety materials, even carbon fibre. There is a wheel to suit any budget, weight-load requirement and design preference.