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BOSU Balance Trainer

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Updated July 24, 2007

BOSU

BOSU

Paige Waehner

The Bottom Line

The BOSU Balance Trainer is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for everything from sports drills to cardio workouts and a useful addition to any home gym.
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Pros

  • A unique way to train for strength and balance
  • Great for beginners, athletes, young and old
  • Takes your body through a dynamic range of motion

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Difficult to know how to use without videos

Description

  • BOSU Balance Trainer can be used for cardio, strength training and/or balance workouts
  • BOSU Balance Trainer helps strengthen all the muscles of the body, including the stabilizer muscles
  • BOSU balance training is functional for your body, which makes all your daily activities easier

Guide Review - BOSU Balance Trainer

The BOSU (meaning 'Both Sides Up') Balance Trainer is the latest in balance training. It's like an exercise ball that's been cut in half with a stable side and an unstable side. This makes for a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for everything from cardio to yoga. With the ball side up, you can stand, squat, sit or use it just like you would a step for aerobics--the difference is your body has to constantly shift and contract to stay aligned. This not only helps burn more calories, but enhances coordination and balance. Turn it over and you can use it as a bench (for strength training), pushups or just sitting on it to test your balance. It's expensive, but I've found it adds an element of fun often missing from typical workouts. A+
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