Friday, May 08, 2009

Bosu Ball: Balance

I came upon an owner's manual for the Bosu Ball, designed by David Weck, and the next series of post will have information from that manual. For more information, see It is always great to get off a plateau, and the Bosu ball may be ideal for exercising balance, which we usually do not concentrate on, and strength. You can perform exercises with the curved part of the Bosu Ballon the floor or facing up.

(Curved part facing down)Balance: Leap onto the Bosu ball with one foot to its middle. Bring the other foot aboard right next to the first one. Repeat for 20 repetitions on each side. Do 30 seconds of alternating leg compressions 9with both feet on the Bosu ball). Then repeat the jumps with the other leg.

(Curved part facing down) Side Squat: Place both feet at the center of the Bosu ball. Perform a jumping squat (plyometrics, and then twist to one side with your hands reaching for that side's knee. Perform 20 repetitions, then do the same for the other side.

Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional such as a physician.

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