Better Balance With The BOSU Pro Balance Trainer
The BOSU Pro Balance Trainer is one of the best pieces of exercise equipment you can use to help improve your balance. There are several exercises than can be performed on the balance trainer that will specifically target the muscles needed to improve balance. In this article I hope will show you four exercises that will help maximize your balance using the BOSU PRO Balance Trainer.
1) BOSU Lunges
The first exercise, BOSU lunges, will be the easiest of the four exercises as on of your feet will remain firmly on the ground. However, this exercise is still great for improving your balance.
The first thing to do when doing BOSU lunges is to put the BOSU ball dome side up and place one leg onto the ball. Then slowly lower your body and bend your knees until you have your front knee at a 90 degree angle. When your knee is at a 90 degree angle, slowly raise back up to the starting position and repeat the exercise.
It is always important when doing lunges to not lean forward so much that your front knee goes beyond your foot. Make sure you perform the lunge on each leg. The video below describes how to do BOSU lunges.
2) BOSU Wobble Board
When you are comfortable on going BOSU lunges, you can now move on to the next exercise for balance using the BOSU as a wobble board. This is will be a little more difficult than the first exercise.
First, place the BOSU ball on the floor with the platform side up, stand straight up on it when you get your balance. When you are sucurelly balanced, rotate the BOSU ball slowly to the left, then right, backwards and forwards.
You should only start to rotate the balance trainer when you are completely balanced in the center of the ball. If you are having trouble balancing on the BOSU, you can try to place the ball next to a wall to use for support. Once you can comfortably balance on the ball, you can eliminate using anything for support. The video below shows you how to use the BOSU PRO Balance Trainer as a wobble board:
3) One Legged BOSU Balance
When you have successfully used the BOSU ball as a wobble board without the need for support or falling, you will be ready for the next balance exercise. Using the BOSU with one leg only will be the most challenging balancing exercise so far. It involves maintaining full balance with just one leg.
To do the one legged BOSU balance exercise, first put the BOSU ball dome side up. Next, stand with both feet on the ball, slowly raise one leg and hold for as long as you can.
Try and maintain full balance at all times. If you are having trouble standing on one leg initially, try again to use the wall as support. Perform the exercise on both legs to help develop your balance equally. The video below show you how to do the one legged BOSU balance exercise:
4) BOSU Leapfrogs
The final balance exercise is the most challenging, BOSU leapfrogs. You should only try this exercise when you can perform the previous three exercises.
To do the BOSU leapfrogs, you are going to need two or more BOSU PRO Balance Trainers. First, put the balls platform side up and have enough space in between them to jump. Stand on one of the BOSU balls, get your balance and jump to the next one. Get your balance and jump to the third BOSU or if you are using two, jump back to the first ball.
Always make sure you are fully balanced before jumping. Also, it is important to make sure the BOSU you are going to jump onto has stopped moving. It might be a good idea, when first trying this exercise, to put down some padded mats in case you fall. The video below will show you how to do BOSU leapfrogs:
Once you have mastered the exercises above using the BOSU Pro Balance Trainer, you should see an improvement in your balance. You should also find that performing other exercises on the BOSU and your overall balance, have all improved.