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Because the Bongo board creates such dynamic instability, it is very, very important that you have a spotter – a friend or a trainer - until you are accustomed to the motion of the board. Also, remember that the Bongo board moves faster on harder surfaces. Start on a grassy or carpeted surface, then move up to a spongy surfaces, such as a mat or a weight-lifting floor, and then tackle very hard surfaces once you have mastered your basic balance. Most balance board exercises can be performed using a Bongo board – they'll just be even harder! As you try more advanced exercises, you may want to re-enlist your spotter and move back to softer surfaces.