Product Review: The Level by FluidStance
Posted on July 12, 2022 | in Ergonomics
VelocityEHS ergonomist Trevor Plizga takes a closer look at The Level by Fluidstance. It’s a motion board that aims to reduce static postures when standing in an office workspace. What does he think? Watch the video.
Hi, I’m Trevor, a certified ergonomist here at Humantech (now VelocityEHS Ergonomics). Welcome to another product review. Today, we’re going to focus on limiting static postures in the office workplace, and the product that’s going to do that for us is the Level by Fluid Stance.
Now, what is the Level is, it’s a motion board. And if you’re sitting there wondering, what is a motion board? It’s a product designed to stand on at your office workstation to break up those static postures and promote more motion throughout the day. The reason you want that motion is that when your body is in those static postures, you’re experiencing reduced circulation and blood flow to your legs. If you have a little bit of motion in there, it will increase that blood flow, increase your circulation, and keep your legs and joints feeling good at the end of the day.
The Level tilts forward and backward at about 24 degrees. The reason this is good is that it’s very similar to the natural angle-range of motion we experience when we walk. So, you’re not going to find yourself in any crazy or dangerous joint angles or postures. They’re going to be natural angles your joints experience when you’re walking.
Fluid Stance claims that the Level increases your heart rate by about 15%, which means more burned calories. With that said, this isn’t something you’re going to want to stand on all day to burn calories. That’s what the gym’s for. The Fluid Stance is something you’re just going to want to stand on maybe 15 to 20 minutes every hour.
The Level is constructed with a military-grade aluminum base and a wooden deck top that’s available in different finishes and also available in bamboo. The Level weighs in at just under 8 pounds and is 26.5 inches long by 12.2 inches wide. That size should be appropriate for most of the population, but if you have large feet, it might be something to look into. But like I said, I can’t imagine that’d be a problem for the majority of people.
The Fluid Stance comes with different surfaces, which are good because they have different coefficients of friction and allow different sliding properties. Occasionally, when I would use it, I could find myself maybe sliding away from the desk a little bit, but that problem is combated by Fluid Stance by offering those different surfaces with different coefficients of friction.
Overall, our team found the Level by Fluid Stance to be a well-designed and useful product that helps incorporate motion into an otherwise static day. Again, I’m Trevor at Humantech (now VelocityEHS Ergonomics). Thanks for watching.