Thursday, August 30, 2007

Tools of the trade: BOSU Balance Trainer

Do you need to kick it up a notch in your workout routine? Are you looking for great looking abs, legs and glutes? Do you just want to try something fun and different? Go get yourself a BOSU Balance Trainer to add to your fitness equipment collection.

BOSU stands for "Both Sides Utilized" or "Both Sides Up", referencing to it's limitless uses in a training routine. Developed in 1999 by David Weck, this "stability ball cut in half" provides an amazing way to improve balance and stabilization training while minimizing the potential risk of injury.

You can do practically any exercise that you can imagine with this tool; from push-ups, lunges, crunches and even combo exercises like V-sit bicep curls or plyometrics like ski jumps. BOSU balls constantly activate your core muscles (or the stabilizing muscles of the body) while engaging muscles all over the body all at the same time. This efficient recruitment of muscles maximizes the caloric burn in your routine, yielding accelerated results.

Here are some examples of how you can use the BOSU ball in your routine!

1 comment:

MrFunkMD said...

Kristin: You're rockin out with your box out! You go. Next stop: "The Big Idea" then the NYT bestseller list.