18 April 2012

The Yoga BOSU Ball.


It looks so innocent.  After all, it’s just a big, squishy, blue (half) ball.  How intimidating is that?  It’s almost comical!  The times my yoga instructor has incorporated the BOSU ball into our workout, I felt like a bobbing fool.  Amused at how much harder it is to find balance in Chair-pose on a bubble, I've actually broken into embarrassed giggles when my arms flail to regain my balance.

In addition to being used in yoga for low planks, lunges, crunches and bicycle, entire work-outs have been created using the BOth Sides Up (BOSU) ball for rehab patients and athletes alike.  Designed as a more stable version of the big blue exercise ball, it is used to:
  • ·         improve balance,
  • ·         develop core strength
  • ·         improve functional training and muscular efficiency  

Unlike fixed training equipment, the BOSU ball, free weights and other weight-bearing equipment develop muscular balance and joint stability because the body is controlling the movement of weight on all six degrees of freedom.  By conditioning core muscles and the nervous system, you are better able to maintain form and economize your movements, and in turn improve endurance and explosive power.

If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go!  A great tool to challenge your workout and mix in some fun, but it does take practice.

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