When I interview fitness professionals and amazing people who have transformed their bodies, I often ask what is their favorite exercise or piece of equipment. Well, after my workout at Brick Bodies on Tuesday, March 10th I pondered the same question and answered myself. Besides the jump rope, the Bosu Ball is my second favorite piece of equipment so this post is an ode to the Bosu Ball, my second favorite piece of workout equipment.
I own a Bosu Ball that I purchased from Dick’s Sporting Goods for about $99 a few years ago. I love it. I don’t use it every day – I know that sounds contradictory since I claim it as my 2nd favorite piece of workout equipment BUT when I do workout with it I get giddy, excited and feel up for the challenge.
Now before I delve any deeper you might be asking yourself “A bosu what?”
A Bosu Ball, sometimes called a Bosu Balance Trainer, is a fitness training device, invented in 1999 by David Weck, 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.
I use it to take ordinary exercises to the next level including crossovers, lunges, push ups, and burpees just to name the few. Not only can you stand on top with the dome side up to balance yourself while you execute certain exercises, you can flip it over and have the dome side pointed down to enhance your exercise by recruiting your core to help you keep balanced. It truly is an amazing piece of equipment.
Based on that same Wikipedia article, studies have found no real different in muscle recruitment or development using the Bosu Ball but I beg to differ when it comes to certain exercises. I can tell I have recruited more of my core because the next day I feel muscles in my abdomen area I didn’t realize I had after a major Bosu Ball workout. But nonetheless, it is a GREAT way to change up the same boring lunge, overhead squat or crossover – don’t you agree?
I want to share one of the latest workouts I did with a Bosu Ball. If you are physically able, try this workout and let me know if you find it interesting, different and a nice change of pace from the regular exercises executed directly on the floor.
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What is your favorite exercise to perform with the Bosu Ball?