About us – Gymba story

Gymba Ltd is a Finnish family business with a mission to bring balance – activity and well-being – into your life. By using the Gymba Activation Board, you will activate your body and at the same time improve your alertness and get more done. We hope that this will enable you to have the time and energy to do the things that are important to you and improve your quality of life.

The story behind the Gymba Activation Board

At the end of the year 2011 the company founder Jarmo Pölönen was developing a curvy screen from glued wooden veneer. To test its strength he stepped on the convex side of the wooden screen and after bouncing on it for a while Jarmo got the idea that it could work as a sports equipment. At first on his mind were the elderly people and people who needed physical therapy. The first prototypes of the Gymba board were given to physiotherapy students and based on their encouraging feedback the product development continued.

In 2013 there were more and more research data and discussion in the media about the risks of sitting and the sale of height adjustable desks increased. The problem was that even though the popularity of standing desks increased they eventually ended up being unused because standing on a hard surface or static standing in general feels so uncomfortable. There had to be a better solution to get people to utilize the standing desks. And so the decision was made to focus on improving office ergonomics.

There are quite often headlines and discussions about enviromental issues, and sustainable development is an important value for us. We wanted to present a product that was both environmental and sustainable which is why we decided to use biocomposite as the material. Our ideology is that when used in the right way you'll need to buy each product only once – unless you want to spread the joy and buy them for others of course. And if so happens that the board breaks down anyway the material is fully recyclable.
Thanks to the designer Heikki Koivurova the Gymba Activation Board got the design it has today. And then it was time to think what the board would be called as. There are many kind of boards on the market: balance boards, twist boards, motion boards, exercise boards etc. But all of those labels would narrow down the functions the Gymba board provides. So we launched the term Activation Board because we figured it describes best what the board does and what it was made for: it brings more activity into offices by getting people to stand up more and by changing standing from passive to active – from static to dynamic.
The sales of the Gymba Activation Board started in Finland in 2015. Since then the board has been internationally awarded and today the Gymba Activation Board has retailers on four continents.

Heidi Välimäki

Managing partner

Hanna Pölönen

Managing partner
Development manager

Jarmo Pölönen

Product development