If you haven’t already seen this blue and oddly shaped ball in your gym or fitness studio, you will soon because this fitness item is one of the best to hit the gyms in a long time. BOSU stands for “Both Sides Up” or “Both Sides Utilized” depending upon whether you are talking about the BOSU Balance Trainer (the product) or BOSU (the philosophical approach to exercise). Millions of people from all over the world now train with the BOSU Balance Trainer including many of the world’s top athletes. But you certainly don’t need to be a top athlete to benefit from using the BOSU Balance Trainer – it is suitable for just about everyone.
The mechanisms of BOSU, is to gain better balance and core strength. Training on the BOSU begins with your body. The human body and brain are intimately linked such that enhancing balance in one enhances balance in the other. Better balance (physically and mentally) leads to better performance in all activities, whether those activities are primarily physical or mental in nature.
With the dome side up, the BOSU Balance Trainer gives you an ever changing dynamic surface that you can stand on, jump on, kneel on, lay on, etc. to train and challenge every part of your body. If you feel like you are ready for and need an extreme challenge, try adding a jump rope to your bosu workout. The rope helps you put balance and symmetry in your hands, which educates the rest of your body and creates a massive “BOSU Effect”. On top of the BOSU Ball is where you can practice jumps. Impact forces on the body are reduced and demands to balance increase. You can also flip it over to perform many more exercises with the other side up!
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