A BOSU Balance Trainer, or BOSU ball as it is often called, is a fitness training device, consisting of an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform. It is also referred to as the “blue half-ball”, because it looks like a stability ball cut in half. The name is an acronym which stands for “BOth Sides Up” a reference to the two ways a BOSU ball can be positioned.
The BOSU is often used for balance training. When the dome side faces up, the BOSU ball provides an unstable surface while the device remains stable. This combination of stable/unstable allows a wide range of users, from the young, elderly, or injured to the elite level athlete.
With the dome side up, the device can be used for athletic drills and aerobic activities. As the name suggests, the device can also be flipped over so that the platform faces up. In this position, the device is highly unstable and can be used for a wide array of exercises as well.
BOSU Training is about expanding movement capabilities, reshaping bodies and strengthening minds. It’s about inserting thought into movement. It’s about asking our clients, fitness students and athletes to be physically involved, but to also be present and fully engaged in the training process.
It doesn’t matter if you’re facing the toughest competition of your athletic career, looking to return to a fitter you, or just starting out. BOSU Training can see you through it all with new challenges and exercise progressions always just around the corner.
The BOSU is known industry-wide for training balance, enhancing flexibility and delivering killer cardio workouts. They have an unprecedented reputation for building strength and fine tuning skills for sport.
The BOSU is a particularly popular tool for using in the rehabilitation of patients and a great added extra to those looking to advance their Pilates – principled based exercises
The BOSU is based on the following principles:
Core Stabilization and Neutral Spinal Posture
The ability to position the spine and activate the muscles necessary to do so is a key skill as it relates to all movement. Equally important, is training the core with the understanding that it links upper and lower body movement.
Understanding and Defining Functional Training
Functional training is purpose driven or intentional training. One can begin to think of functional training (FT) or functional fitness as a methodology and form of movement that is used to expose an individual to integrated movement patterns.
The Science Behind Balance Training
Natural and functional movement is directly related to the harmonious work of joints, muscles and the neurological system. The neurological system interacts with the musculoskeletal system in a coordinated and complex manner. Using stability or balance training, is the perfect way to stimulate and train this complex interaction of the body.
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