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From the Knees Over Toes Guy to the Tib Bar Guy to the Slant Board Guy, there are a lot of guys on the internet promoting strengthening your knees. It’s all the rage, and there are plenty of pieces of home gym equipment on the market used to strengthen the muscles around your knee—quads, hamstrings, and calves.

One piece of exercise equipment that is bundled with tib bars and Nordic benches is the slant board. Quite a simple piece of equipment, a slant board is basically an angled board that adds an incline or decline to your foot stance, depending on the direction you stand on it. A decline shifts the weight forward in a squat, focusing on the quad muscles surrounding the knee. The incline allows for good stretching in the leg joints.

Our team of testers at Garage Gym Reviews took top brands and tested out slant boards to bring you this list of the best slant boards. As certified personal trainers, lifting coaches, and lifelong athletes, our testers know what to look for in fitness equipment. For these slant boards in particular, we noted aspects according to our fitness equipment testing methodology, including the boards’ durability, grip, and performance.

The 8 Best Slant Boards

Best Overall Slant Board: StrongTek Professional Wooden Slant Board

Good for: Anyone looking for a solid slant board with good versatility and value

Best Overall

StrongTek Wooden Slant Board

GGR Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Slant board constructed with high-quality plywood
  • Adjustable to 5 positions
  • Available in Regular and Extra-Large sizes
  • Features anti-slip safety treads on the surface and bottom as well as handles for easy transport
  • Designed to aid in stretching and rehabilitation
  • Weight capacity of 350 pounds

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Stable
  • Five adjustment angles
  • Multi-functional
  • Handles

Cons

  • Some reports of wood peeling
  • Anti-slip surface may peel

Bottom Line

This adjustable slant board features anti-slip treads, handles for easy transport, and a 350-pound weight capacity. Designed to help with stretching and rehab exercises, it can also be used for strength exercises such as heel raised squats.

Our top pick for best slant board is the StrongTek Professional Wooden Slant Board, because it does so many things well. The board is lightweight but still has a solid weight capacity, it has five adjustment angles, the anti-slip tape on the top is incredibly grippy, and the board performs extremely well. And at $60, this has some of the best value among top slant boards.

GGR Everything lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele tried out the StrongTek board and felt the grip was great, rating it a 5 out of 5. She says, “The grip on the tape is what skateboard surfaces are made out of. It’s super grippy and I didn’t slide at all, even when I had the board at its highest angle and was holding weight for goblet squats.” 

The board is incredibly stable as well, as Lindsay jumped up and down on the board and shifted her weight on the board, and it remained stable despite her rocking and hopping on it. The slant board can shift between five angles, ranging from 15 degrees to 35 degrees. It remained stable at every angle, receiving another 5 out of 5 for its stability, as well as its adjustability.

StrongTek Wooden Slant Board

While the slant board performed very well, one complaint was that the board seemed narrow, docking its performance to a 4 out of 5. At 12.5 inches wide, the board might be a little narrow for larger users. “Looking at other boards, the width is in line with other slant boards, but is still on the narrower side,” Lindsay explains. Fortunately, for broader athletes like myself, StrongTek does offer an XL version of the board, albeit for $20 more.

Price$59.95
Dimensions16” L x 12.5” W x up to 12” H
MaterialLauan wood and grippy tape surface
Adjustable?Yes, 5 positions from 15 to 35 degrees
Weight8 lbs
Weight capacity450 lbs

Most Stable Slant Board: SquatWedgiez Stack

Good for: Those wanting a durable, stable slant board that still provides some adjustability

Most Stable

SquatWedgiez Stack

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • 2-in-1 design with two slant boards and adjustable angles (7, 13, or 20 degrees)
  • Supports up to 1500 pounds
  • Anti-slip recycled rubber provides stability 
  • Claimed to have ample space for comfortable squats and knee-over-toes exercises
  • Secure locking mechanism

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Free shipping, free returns, and 90-day money back guarantee
  • Weight capacity
  • Anti-slip
  • Adjustable angle

Cons

  • Expensive

Bottom Line

Although it is expensive, the SquatWedgie Stack is a versatile, high-capacity slant board with a 2-in-1 design, anti-slip recycled rubber covering, and a secure locking mechanism.

If you’re worried about losing your balance on a slant board, look no further than the SquatWedgiez Stack. Lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele says, “This board is so stable. It almost feels like a tire; it’s not moving anywhere. The slant board won’t even slide around on different surfaces. Concrete, plywood, or carpet—it stays put on it all.” This slant board receives top marks of 5 out of 5 for stability and grip.

SquatWedgiez Stack squats

One unique feature of the SquatWedgiez Stack is that the board is actually made of two separate pieces that can be stacked together—hence the name. The blocks are slightly different thicknesses to allow for three different angles: 7 or 13 degrees with individual boards, or 20 degrees when stacked together. This was great to do a variety of exercises: calf stretches, dumbbell calf raises, and deadlifts.

SquatWedgiez Stack layers

The stability comes from the material of the boards, which is an anti-slip recycled rubber. The two boards interlock together, too, remaining stable when the slant boards are stacked. While this makes it one of the most stable slant boards we tried out, it’s also one of the least portable. Even though it’s fairly compact, the board weighs 24 pounds. It’s not as easy to pack away in your gym bag as other slant boards on this list, earning only a 3.5 out of 5 for portability.

This is also one of the pricier slant boards available at nearly $140. It’s incredibly stable and durable, but it may not be the best option for someone searching for budget home gym equipment.

Price$139.99
Dimensions14” L x 20” W X 4.5” H (fully stacked)
MaterialAnti-slip recycled rubber
Adjustable?Yes (7, 13, or 20 degrees)
Weight24 lbs
Weight capacity1,500 lbs

Best Traction Slant Board: SlantBoardGuy Slant Board

Good for: Lifters wanting a grippy surface for VMO squats and stretching

Best Traction

SlantBoardGuy Slant Board

GGR Score: 3.9 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Wooden slant board with anti-slip tape surface
  • Comes in 4 differents colors
  • Made to help improve flexibility and mobility while reducing knee pain
  • Lightweight and portable

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Durable wood construction
  • Anti-slip surface

Cons

  • Angle of slant board can’t be adjusted
  • Only 48-hour return policy

Bottom Line

Built out of a durable wood construction, the Slant Board from SlantBoardGuy provides an angle for squats which builds a stronger VMO muscle which supports the knee and other nearby muscles. The surface is covered with an anti-slip tape to provide grip while in use.

As the name suggests, SlantBoardGuy focuses on making slant boards, and making them high-quality. Our pick for the best traction slant board is their classic slant board, made of a solid structural wood and with the surface covered by a grippy anti-slip tape. A nice touch is the neat logo, which can be purchased in blue, teal, or black.

On its grippiness, Lindsay gives a score of 5 out of 5, saying, “The grip tape is the type you’d see on a skateboard; it was incredibly grippy, and I never budged while using it for squats or stretches.” The board is stable as well, boasting a weight capacity of up to 880 pounds.

RELATED: The Best Mobility Exercises

Knee over toe stretching with the SlantBoardGuy Slant Board

With that said, there are a couple of factors that may deter you from this particular slant board. At $115, it’s a pricier slant board. While it’s not outside of a typical slant board price range, we typically see boards in this price range offering more functionality, such as angle adjustments or the ability to stack boards. 

The SlantBoardGuy Slant Board doesn’t offer adjustability in any way, scoring just a 2 out of 5. Lindsay adds, “You typically don’t see slant boards over $75 unless they offer versatility or are bundled with another accessory.” Still, if money isn’t an issue, the SlantBoardGuy Slant Board offers great grip and solid durability.

Price$115
Dimensions19.6” L x 12.6” W x 5.9″ H
MaterialStructural wood with anti-slip tape
Adjustable?No
Weight6 lbs
Weight capacity880 lbs

Best Budget Slant Board: Tib Bar Guy Slant Board

Good for: Those needing a quality slant board for a budget-friendly price

Best Budget

The Tib Bar Guy The Slant Board

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Made in the USA
  • Tested with weight up to 700 lbs
  • Used to increase strength, lessen knee pain, and more
  • Can be used at home and in commercial gyms

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Made with high-quality plywood
  • Helps strengthen the vastus medialis oblique (VMO)
  • Maximum weight up to 700 lbs
  • Has grip tape to avoid sliding

Cons

  • More expensive than other slant boards
  • Returns aren’t free

Bottom Line

Invented to strengthen the VMO muscle, the Tib Bar Guy Slant Board is constructed with USA-made plywood and grip tape so your feet won’t slide while in use.

If you’re looking for budget-friendly prices, then the Tib Bar Guy Slant Board has you covered. It’s priced pretty competitively at just $65. While there are some slightly cheaper slant boards available, this board boasts a 19-inch width for wider squats.

Additionally, the board is solidly made of ultra durable injection molded plastic with custom non-slip tape covering the surface. While the first part of that statement might leave you a little lost on what exactly the material is, just know it’s very solid. “Even when I placed this on concrete and tried to move around from side to side, it barely budged,” lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele says.

“When I was using the board my feet didn’t move at all from the top surface and stayed sturdy in place throughout the entire movement,” Lindsay adds, giving the board a 5 out of 5 for stability. The board is also rated to hold up to 1,000 pounds, while only weighing 5 pounds.

It doesn’t have the versatility of other slant boards, as it doesn’t adjust. However, the slant board is fixed at 26 degrees, which is fairly standard for most slant boards. Most boards are somewhere between 20 and 30 degrees.

Stretching with the Tib Bar Guy Slant Board

For those who want to add versatility, stack boards can be purchased separately, and they’re compatible with the Tib Bar Guy Slant Board. These flat blocks can add height to the slant board for exercises like lunges or step-ups, as well as make stretching more comfortable. 

By itself, it may not have all the bells and whistles of other slant board options, but this board provides great stability and durability at a competitive price, plus the option to add adjustability and versatility to the product. 

Price$65
Dimensions19” L x 11” W x 5.5” H
MaterialUltra durable injection molded plastic with anti-slip tape
Adjustable?No, fixed at 26 degrees
Weight5 lbs
Weight capacity1,000 lbs

Best Adjustable Slant Board: Shogun VMO Slant Board

Good for: People wanting to perform a wide range of exercises on a slant board at different angles

Best Adjustable

Shogun VMO Slant Board

GGR Score: 4.3 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • 6" step platform designed to enable a variety of ATG training exercises
  • Claimed to improve range of motion, reduce injury, and help develop explosiveness
  • Include free flexibility training plan
  • 500-lb weight capacity

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Sturdy
  • High-quality
  • Stores easily
  • Adjustable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Reports that the non-stick surface peels off

Bottom Line

Based on ATG training philosophy popularized by KneesOverToesGuy Ben Patrick, the slant board created by Shogun Sports is a high-quality slant board made to target the VMO through a variety of stretches and exercises. Although a bit pricey, the metal framework of the board makes sure it's a durable piece of equipment.

Shogun Sports has created several different pieces of equipment, such as the Shogun NORD-EX, all built with quality in mind and to strengthen the knees, quads, and hamstrings.

The Shogun VMO Slant Board is made of high-grade steel, and also allows for four different adjustable angles—20, 30, 35, and 40 degrees. It has a weight capacity of 450 pounds, which remained pretty stable in our testing. 

GGR lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele notes, “It’s really stable. When I jump on it, you can see some flex in the bar that runs in the middle, but it went right back to normal. Also, when we loaded it with a lot of weight, the bar remained sturdy and stable.” The slant board receives a 4.5 out of 5 for its durability.

One-legged squat on the Shogun VMO Slant Board

One thing to note is that at its highest angle of 40 degrees, the top of the board became less grippy, letting Lindsay’s feet slip a little bit. “But our feet remained in place on the board at the lower angles,” Lindsay adds, giving the grip a 4 out of 5. 

At just under $100, this is another premium-priced slant board. However, it does come with some accessories, like an exercise mat, a roll of grip tape, and a cleaning cloth. So for some, that may be well worth the price.

Price$99.95
Dimensions15.5” L x 14” W
MaterialHigh-grade steel
Adjustable?Yes, (20, 30, 35, and 40 degrees)
WeightNot disclosed
Weight capacity450 lbs

Best Slant Board for Wide-Stance Squats: VersaLifts V-Stack 

Good for: Larger athletes or people who prefer squatting wide

Best for Wide-Stance Squats

VersaLifts VStack

GGR Score: 4.4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

The VersaLifts VStack is a uniquely designed slant board consisting of multiple boards that can be stacked to increase an angle from 15 to 30 degrees. Use the VStacks to bring a new dimension to squatting. Constructed with .75-inch plywood and a grip-tape surface, VStacks can support heavy loads. The non-slip grip take ensures feet are secure on the board preventing unintended injuries. Sold as a pair, each purchase comes with two boards. GGR readers get an exclusive discount on VersaLifts VStack, too: Save 10% right now with code “garagegymreviews” on vlifts.com. 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Offer a twist to traditional squats
  • Can be used in opposite directions to serve as a platform
  • Made from durable wood
  • Sold in pairs

Cons

  • Expensive

Bottom Line

The VersaLift VStack is an innovative, high-quality slant board providing angles from 15 to 30 degrees. Change up your squat, or even perform variations of push-ups, with this tool.

For larger athletes like me, some slant boards are going to feel narrow, or even downright claustrophobic on our legs. For the lifter who likes some breathing room during squats, there are the VersaLifts V-Stack boards, a pair of slant boards that can be stacked vertically or locked in place next to each other, providing over 30 inches of width for your squat stance.

RELATED: Proper Squat Form According to an Olympian

Lindsay Scheele, GGR lead reviewer, used the slant boards side-by-side for goblet squats and then stacked them vertically for knee-over-toe stretching. She felt very secure to the board while in use, saying, “No matter how I stacked or connected them, the V-Stacks felt very stable.” She does add, “I could see these wanting to slide around on concrete, although I didn’t experience that myself.” So word of advice: Use an exercise mat underneath the boards if you’re worried about a slick surface.

Squats on the Versalifts V-Stack

In addition to stacking on top for a higher angle of 30 degrees, you can also flip one block around and connect them that way, for a 6-inch high block. Because of the versatility this can add, Lindsay ranked the performance a 4.5 out of 5.

At $110, this is a pricier slant board. However, you’re essentially getting two slant boards with one purchase, meaning you’re paying about $55 per slant board. From that perspective, the value is pretty good for this product, earning a 4 out of 5.

Price$109.99
Dimensions15.25” L x 15.5” W x 6” H (each board)
Material3/4″ plywood and anti-slip tape
Adjustable?Yes, stackable blocks that can adjust to 0, 15, or 30 degrees
WeightNot disclosed
Weight capacityNot disclosed

Best Two-Piece Slant Board: XL SquatWedgiez

Good for: Those wanting versatile slant blocks for squats, lunges, stretches, and more

Best Two-Piece Board

SquatWedgiez XL

GGR Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Adjustable heel height and stackable design holding up to 1,000-pounds
  • Heel height ranges from 0 to 15-degrees
  • Made from high-density material with grippy texture and built-in grooves
  • Extra-large slant board are still compact and lightweight (2-pounds)
  • Comes with QR code for access to exclusive exercise tutorials and workouts

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Comes with QR code and access to a workout program
  • Included carry bag
  • Portable
  • Adjustable
  • Weight capacity

Cons

  • Some reports of chemical smell
  • Traction on rubber flooring reported to be poor

Bottom Line

SquatWedgie XL SquatWedgiez slant boards are a solid choice for anyone seeking an adjustable heel height board, high weight capacity, and portability. They are both affordable and high-quality.

Our pick for the best two-piece slant board is the XL SquatWedgiez. These 15-degree squat wedges are perfect for getting both feet angled during different exercises, like deep lunges or wide squats. Plus, the wedges have grooves for added grippiness that can also lock the pieces in place for a flat block.

RELATED: Expert Tips On How to Back Squat

While the website is a little vague about the material used—saying it’s made out of a “grippy, high-density material”—the slant boards are incredibly stable, with a weight capacity of 1,000 pounds. 

SquatWedgiez XL Wedges

The XL SquatWedgiez earn a 5 out of 5 on stability and grip. GGR Everything lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele says on the blocks’ build: “This board is incredibly stable. There’s no move or give to the blocks while in use. Even when I loaded up the two 100-pound dumbbells and 5 weight plates on the wedges, it didn’t leave any sort of dent in the material.”

One thing to consider is that the blocks aren’t adjustable. They’ll be fixed at 15 degrees, or you can stack them for a flat block. Still, at $50, these blocks are a great value, providing great versatility with the use of two blocks.

Price$49.99
Dimensions12” L x 6” W x 3.5” H
MaterialGrippy, high-density material
Adjustable?No, fixed at 15 degrees (can be stacked for a flat block)
Weight2 lbs
Weight capacity1,000 lbs

Best Slant Board with Exercise Bands: Slant Board Guy The Flex Slant Board 2.0

Good for: Those using a slant board and bands for their resistance training

Best with Exercise Bands

SlantBoardGuy Slant Board

GGR Score: 4.1 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Wooden slant board with anti-slip tape surface
  • Comes in 4 differents colors
  • Made to help improve flexibility and mobility while reducing knee pain
  • Lightweight and portable

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Durable wood construction
  • Anti-slip surface

Cons

  • Angle of slant board can’t be adjusted
  • Only 48-hour return policy

Bottom Line

Built out of a durable wood construction, the Slant Board from SlantBoardGuy provides an angle for squats which builds a stronger VMO muscle which supports the knee and other nearby muscles. The surface is covered with an anti-slip tape to provide grip while in use.

Need some resistance training in the form of exercise or resistance bands? The Flex 2.0 from SlantBoardGuy offers a unique design that allows users to lock exercise bands in place to the board, allowing for easy resistance training for those who prefer not to use dumbbells or other free weights.

Each side has three hooks, allowing for different positions of the resistance bands to be applied, depending on the exercise. GGR lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele gives the workout performance a 4 out of 5, saying, “The use of resistance bands on this slant board really makes it a unique product, giving it another level of versatility. For anyone interested in quad-dominated squats for VMO or knee-over-toe training, this is a great option.”

Resistance band squats with the SlantBoardGuy The Flex 2.0 Slant Board

The board isn’t adjustable, with a fixed angle of around 30 degrees, according to Lindsay. The lack of adjustability gets it a 2 out of 5. It’s a mid-range slant board, which makes it pricy, especially with a lack of adjustments. 

Still, Lindsay remarks on its value, “This is a unique product; there aren’t a ton of slant boards out there with hooks for resistance bands. Because it’s so unique, there’s still good value, despite a higher price.” She ranks the value a 3.5 out of 5. Additionally, the board can be bundled with their resistance bands for only $20 more, making that an even better value.

Price$99
Dimensions11.25” L x 18.4” W x 5.4″ H
MaterialMetal
Adjustable?No
Weight6 lbs
Weight capacity450 lbs

Other Slant Boards We Researched and Tested

Although they may just appear to be angled boards, there are quite a few different slant boards out on the market, each offering different specs and strengths. Not every slant board made our list of top picks, so here are a couple of others we researched and tested that we think are worth mentioning.

Stretching on the SquatWedgiez Slant Board
  • SquatWedgiez Slant Board: This solo slant board from SquatWedgiez is very grippy and stable in our testing. However, it appears to have been discontinued.
  • StrongTek Plastic Portable Slant Board: This lightweight plastic slant board from StrongTek can adjust between four different angles, as well as lay the platform flat for easy portability. Still, we haven’t had a chance to test out this board.

How We Picked and Tested

Like any other fitness equipment we test at Garage Gym Reviews, we extensively tested each slant board after heavy research to find top brands and the best value. For our slant boards, we did a variety of lower body workouts, involving squats, hip thrusts, lunges, and more. In addition, we used the boards for static stretching, focusing on the knee, ankle, and hip.

For these slant boards, we noted and scored on the following:

  • Materials and durability: We took a look at the materials of the slant board for durability, which is typically plywood, metal, or dense rubber. The weight capacity should be fairly high, to accommodate the user and any additional free weights or dumbbells.
  • Stability and grip: The slant board should be stable on the ground, and also shouldn’t have you sliding off the top of the board. Most plywood boards have a grip tape as a non-slip surface, while other slant boards add a textured pattern to the top surface to maintain a solid grip on your shoes.
  • Workout performance: How did it feel during workouts? The slant board should be solid throughout an exercise, and adjusting the board—if it can be adjusted—should be simple as well.
  • Adjustability: Not every slant board has the ability to adjust, but some can, providing different angles, or by stacking boards on top of each other.
  • Portability: Most slant boards are going to be pretty lightweight and compact, although some made of denser materials might be a little heavier to move around.
  • Overall value: Even though the best slant board might have a bunch of great features, you still want the price to make sense. We took a look at the price range of slant boards, which are typically between $50 and $150. For what the slant board offers, the price needs to be reasonable.

Benefits of Slant Boards

As Ben Patrick, ATG’s Knees Over Toes Guy, likes to say, slant boards can help “bulletproof” your knees. What this means is that it can help strengthen your knees and joints, alleviating joint pain and helping improve your mobility and increase range of motion in deep squats.

Knee and Joint Strength

SlantBoardGuy Slant Board squats

The angled position of a slant board shifts the majority of muscle stress on the quads, primarily the vastus medialis oblique, or VMO muscle, which runs above the inside of the knee and is responsible for knee stability during squats. A weak VMO muscle is the most common cause of patellar tracking issues, according to a review from October 20191. Strengthening this muscle helps strengthen the knee joint, helping reduce the risk of injury.

Alleviating Pain

A stronger knee also helps alleviate joint pain. Studies2 have shown that physical therapy involving slow eccentric movements on a decline board—like a step-down as opposed to a step-up movement—has been shown to reduce knee pain related to patellar tendinopathy. 

A recent study from October 20233 showed that the angle may not be as important for injury recovery, so long as the angle is at a decline. In particular, the study tested the effects of recovery from patellar injuries with 17-degree boards and 25-degree boards. Both boards helped patients with their injuries, but there was no significant difference between the two.

Eccentric step-down on the VersaLifts V-Stack

Improving Mobility

Strengthening the knee joint can help increase your range of motion in a deep squat. Additionally, it can help improve your mobility in the Achilles tendon. A study from April 20204 compared wall stretching with incline-board stretching, particularly how it increased the flexibility of the triceps surae, or the calf muscle. 

The study showed that calf stretches done with the slant board were much more effective than wall stretching at helping an excessively tight calf muscle. The calf stretching could also potentially help alleviate ankle ailments such as plantar fasciitis.

Calf stretch using the Shogun VMO Slant Board

What to Look for in Slant Boards

Looking for the ideal slant board for your home gym? Here are a few things to consider while shopping around.

  • Material: Slant boards can be made from a variety of materials, but some of the more common materials used are plywood, metal, or a dense rubber. Less common boards are made with plastic, but may have a smaller weight capacity due to the material.
  • Adjustments: While some boards have a fixed angle, other slant boards offer more versatility through different adjustment angles. Some boards can simply be adjusted, while others can be stacked to increase the angle. A high-quality board will remain stable at every angle.
  • Grip: Especially for strength training on a slant or balance board, you’ll want a non-slip surface to stay safe while moving through Bulgarian split squats, calf raises, or other lower body exercises. Many boards have a grip tape to keep your feet planted during movements, while others have a texture on the material to improve grip.
  • Weight Capacity: When looking at squat wedges, slant boards, and stacks, you should always consider the weight capacity of the board. Most slant boards should cover most people’s body weight, but if you’re wanting to load an Olympic barbell with a couple hundred pounds of weight, you’ll have to factor in if your board can support the added free weights during your slant board exercises.

Best Slant Boards: FAQs

What is the best degree for a slant board?

The best degree of a slant board for you will vary depending on the types of exercises you’re performing. A lower angle will be helpful in squatting with an emphasis on the quads, while a higher angle might be more conducive to stretching and mobility exercises. What’s preferable to you will depend on your ankle mobility, as well. 

Generally, most slant boards range between 20 and 30 degrees, with some going as low as 10 degrees, and others as high as 40 degrees.

What can I use instead of a slant board?

If you’re looking to raise your heels while in a squatting position and don’t have a slant board readily available, one of the easiest alternatives in a home gym would be weight plates. Putting a 5- or 10-pound weight underneath each heel will help raise the heel and give you the slight angle of a slant board, with thicker weights providing a higher angle.

Additionally, you can invest in a pair of weightlifting shoes, which will raise the heels as well, creating a more comfortable squatting position for most athletes.

What is the best slant board?

The best slant board for you will provide proper stability in each exercise you use the slant board for. Some will have adjustable angles to add versatility, and others are made of durable material to provide stability and good grip as well. Here are our top picks for the best slant boards.

-Best Overall Slant Board: StrongTek Wooden Slant Board
-Most Stable Slant Board: SquatWedgiez Stack
-Best Traction Slant Board: SlantBoardGuy Slant Board
-Best Budget Slant Board: Tib Bar Guy Slant Board
-Best Adjustable Slant Board: Shogun VMO Slant Board
-Best Slant Board for Wide-Stance Squats: VersaLifts V-Stack
-Best Two-Piece Slant Board: XL SquatWedgiez
-Best Slant Board with Exercise Bands: SlantBoardGuy The Flex Slant Board 2.0

References

  1. Mellinger S, Neurohr GA. Evidence based treatment options for common knee injuries in runners. Ann Transl Med. 2019 Oct;7(Suppl 7):S249. doi: 10.21037/atm.2019.04.08. PMID: 31728373; PMCID: PMC6829001.
  2. Visnes H, Bahr R. The evolution of eccentric training as treatment for patellar tendinopathy (jumper’s knee): a critical review of exercise programmes. Br J Sports Med. 2007 Apr;41(4):217-23. doi: 10.1136/bjsm.2006.032417. Epub 2007 Jan 29. PMID: 17261559; PMCID: PMC2658948.
  3. Knež V, Hudetz D. Eccentric Exercises on the Board with 17-Degree Decline Are Equally Effective as Eccentric Exercises on the Standard 25-Degree Decline Board in the Treatment of Patellar Tendinopathy. Medicina (Kaunas). 2023 Oct 29;59(11):1916. doi: 10.3390/medicina59111916. PMID: 38003964; PMCID: PMC10673171.
  4. Kim TH, Lim OK, Park KD, Lee JK. Comparison of Two Static Stretching Techniques for the Triceps Surae in Healthy Individuals: Wall and Inclined Board Stretchings. Ann Rehabil Med. 2020 Apr;44(2):125-130. doi: 10.5535/arm.2020.44.2.125. Epub 2020 Apr 29. PMID: 32392651; PMCID: PMC7214133.

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Struggling to build muscle without equipment? Try this bodyweight leg workout! Read more

11 Triceps Extensions Variations To Build Bigger Arms And Improve Compound Lifts Cover Image
11 Triceps Extensions Variations To Build Bigger Arms And Improve Compound Lifts

Knowing how to do triceps extensions variations can help you build bigger arms, improve compound lifts, and promote elbow joint health. Learn more here! Read more