It's good if you want to diversify your training. Results wise: "[...] it was concluded that the BOSU ball did not bring a significant improvement for these physical exercises and that these exercises performed on stable grounds were as efficient as the ones performed on the BOSU ball." If you decide to buy one, get the original: www.bosu.com/
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1,393 11/12/13 3:48 P
I quite like using the BOSU, too. I love to place it soft side, spherical side, down. I stand on top of the hard, flat surface and practice squats up into an overhead dumbbell press. Another favorite is placing my hands on the BOSU 'handles', soft side down, and doing pushups. It's fantastic to work both balance as well as strength. I use it for plyo stuff, too. Lots you can do. As far as owning one...hmm...I've always used them at the gym. Aren't they kinda expensive and large? I think many SP exercises use something called a 'balance board'. I've never seen one or used one. It's a lot smaller and perhaps less expensive. The SP exercises I've come across use it to intensify various bodyweight exercises. I bet there are some other balancing type gizmos out there and maybe something might be more suitable for your exercise program and home use. I don't know. It's just a thought.
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21,647 11/12/13 3:43 P
A BOSU is a great piece of equipment that could help you increase your core strength, but is is very pricey. A new BOSU will set you back $125. So if you don't mind buying a used one, you might check your local craigslist to see if someone is selling theirs. I use the BOSUs at the gym. Not every day, but once in a while I use one.
Do you need a BOSU to be fit ? Nope, but it is nice to have to change up your routine.
There are cheaper peices of equipment you could buy that would perform similar functions. A DYNA DISK is one. The other is a wobble board. It's the same idea. Standing on an unsteady surface helps to increase your balance which in turn helps to increase your core strength.
Love it! Yesterday I was doing tuck jumps, landing on the BOSU in a squat and then standing up with arms overhead. And, no, this is definitely *not* a beginner exercise. There are so many beneficial ways to incorporate it into your workout.
If I could only choose one thing to work out with it would be the Bosu Ball. I think you will need to look up exercises on it because I cannot explain what I do with it. I have had a few trainers give me exercises to do with it.
I bought one recently and so far I LOVE it. Mine is the actual BOSU brand, and I got it at Target. I don't think I've ever seen a knockoff brand, but I"m sure they're out there. It's a piece of equipment that needs to be sturdy and durable, so I would think that paying for the real thing would be worth the investment.
Mine came with a double dvd that contains 4 or 5 workouts, and I've grown pretty fond of two of them--both are a really tough workout that tests my balance and endurance in a lot of different ways. I haven't yet been to the BOSU site, which is supposed to have other workouts and forums and such. I've also seen BOSU dvd's on the collage video web site.
I'd say if you've got the room in your workout space and in your budget, go for it.
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8 11/12/13 9:24 A
I searched the message boards but could not find anything specific to exercises with a bosu ball. I would appreciate any feedback on whether it's worth buying and where to buy a good one that will lasts. I have used a stability ball for years to sit on and to do exercises "on the ball" but of course you can't stand on the stability ball. Thank you!
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