Fancy wobbling your way to fitness? The bosu ball can bump up your fitness levels in just a few sessions.
Imagine an exercise ball that’s been cut in half with a flat platform on the bottom. That’s a BOSU ball, which stands for “both sides up”. They are becoming a hot fitness trend, with plenty of Instagram posts of celebrities using them. You can try on out at your local gym and it’s a great addition to any home gym.
The flat platform on one side and rubber dome on the other adds instability to your workouts, forcing your muscles to work harder to remain steady.
Start with the basics – simply stand on the hard side to get a feel for the instability. Then try out some moves:
If you want something that transforms your core training, this is it. You can perform all sorts of exercises on a BOSU ball, from core training and dumbbell exercises to upper body and cardio work. Ultimately you get a more intense workout per minutes spent, which is a major part of its appeal.
BOSU balls require a good sense of body awareness, which improves your balance. You will also learn to control your body movements, posture and positioning.
Surprisingly, BOSU balls also help improve your flexibility. Drawing yourself over the ball and relaxing your muscles enables your muscles to stretch in a way that they can’t with traditional exercises.
It's definitely a good idea to get a second hand one. I did this and it was almost new quality for just £78,
I've noticed these seem to go for almost full price on Ebay so it's probably worth buying one just to see what they're like, and then you can always sell on if you don't get on with them
whatever next? This sounds worth a go although I fear I'll need to leave any dignity at the door...
Ah now I know what I saw at a gym the other week. i thought it was some kind of fun bouncing thing but that makes more sense now. What a great idea, I would love to try one.