BOSU stands for Both Sides Up, and it is in essence an exercise ball cut in half with a platform on the bottom. Its popularity is due to its sheer versatility - the combination of the squishy dome side and the flat platform mean that you can use it for endurance, strength, balance, and stability.
What they offer :
The BOSU Balance Trainer provides an unstable platform that enhances many regular exercises. The dome side is ideal for working on your cardio, lower body strength, or core moves. Alternatively, flip it over and work on the platform side to perform upper body exercises like push-ups, or try new versions of key core exercises like planks.
Other possibilities include:
It is excellent for cardio moves such as hops, jumps, step-ups, leaps, lunges, or you can use it to replace your step for choreographed workouts
- Strength training:
The unstable platform adds a new dimension to strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, deadlifts, and push-ups.
By standing or kneeling on the dome, you can add more range of motion to your stretching.
It is also robust enough to use for jumping or plyometric moves, increasing performance and agility.
Is it any good?
Doing exercises on any unstable surface challenges the body by forcing you to maintain your center of gravity on a constantly changing surface.
This helps to develop core strength, and adds an interesting and challenging dimension to your workouts.