How a BOSU Ball Benefits Your CoreBody Pilates Plus Training
BOSU trainers are now in the studio and will start being implemented into any of our classes at the instructors discretion (based on the routine). Find out how the BOSU ball benefits your CoreBody Pilates Plus training.
What is a BOSU?
What is a BOSU? "A BOSU trainer, is a fitness training device, invented in 1999 by David Weck, that can be used with either side up. The name initially came from an acronym standing for "BOth Sides Up" - a reference to the two ways a BOSU ball can be positioned. Both sides of it -- the inflatable dome or the flat plastic surface -- provide different challenges for your muscles. Whether you use the flat side of the BOSU for squats, pushups, sit-ups and lunges or stand on the dome while using free weights for such exercises as arm curls, shoulder presses and dead lifts, your muscles respond.
The BOSU is an effective functional balance trainer, because you have to keep yourself steady while it moves under you. This training carries over into your daily life, when balance is affected by motion. The BOSU trains your body for dynamic balance by coordinating the movements of your left hip and right shoulder, similar to the movement you make when walking. When your opposite hip and opposite shoulder move in a balanced manner, you are steady on your feet when walking, running, or playing sports.
How BOSU Benefits You
You improve your muscular strength when you incorporate BOSU training into your workout routines. The strength is combined with better muscular control so your muscles do not fire on an "all or none" principle. For example, you use muscle control when you place your hand gently on a loved one's shoulder, instead of using all your muscular force and pushing them away. The Bosu trainer improves the contractions of your muscles and your control over these contractions."Source: BOSU Benefits for Muscles by Lisa M. Wolfe (www.livestrong.com)