This fun challenge illuminates the intricate workings of balance by testing static and dynamic balance, core stability and coordination. Visitors stand on a platform that tips side-to-side and grip a set of handlebars until they are balanced. They then let go and electronic sensors measure the time they can stay balanced without tipping to one side. Visitors quickly discover how hard it is to coordinate more than 200 bones and 600 muscles just to stay in one place! The friendly competitive nature of this exhibit inspires repeat attempts and lots of multigenerational conversation about fitness and health.
The Balance, Grip, Reaction, Flexibility and Endurance exhibits make a great group that covers multiple fitness topics in a visitor-friendly format.