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An Introduction to the Bosu

The Bosu is a type of exercise equipment that is either referred to as a straightforward Bosu ball or a Bosu balance trainer. Structure-wise, it is nothing more than a rubber ball that has been inflated and then affixed to a rigid platform. Since it also looks like a stability or exercise ball that has been cut in half, it is also called a half ball. Bosu is an acronym that stands for "both sides up," a direct call of attention to how the Bosu can be positioned. This is a relatively new invention in the annals of fitness equipment, since it was only invented as recently as 1999.

Body Parts that Are Exercised

The Bosu seeks to exercise your whole body. It goes after the spine and makes sure that it also stimulates all the corresponding muscles that are needed to position the spine correctly. Doing this helps to correlate both the upper and lower body in a way that links the two. The philosophy behind Bosu is that it tries to affect all parts of your body, much in the same way that walking produces a rhythmic harmony for your whole body. The Bosu seeks to balance both the right and left sides of your body while also promoting efficient up and down movement of your body. Its proponents claim that doing Bosu will enhance your foundations for better performance in your life and movement.

How to Use a Bosu

The Bosu is primarily a balance training device and so it attempts to build up the user's sense of balance. Your cores muscles (the muscles in your abdomen and back) are the muscles that you will rely on primarily doing workouts on the Bosu. You can use the Bosu ball with either the half-ball side facing up or the board side facing up. A great way for beginners to get used to the principles at work behind the Bosu is to just stand up on the dome-shaped side of the Bosu ball and close their eyes while also lifting their legs. They should try to hold this challenging pose for up to 10 seconds, ending it immediately if they feel like they are in jeopardy of actually falling. The aim of this gradually intensifying exercise is to get users adapted to balancing on a Bosu, and after a number of times practicing like this, they ought to be able to eventually hold the pose for a minute or more.

Types of Exercises

The beauty of the Bosu is how you can customize exercises on it. You can jump rope on it by trying to land both of your feet on the dome each time you jump. Light weight training regimens can also be incorporated into Bosu by using dumbbells together with exercises on it that already work your core muscles. Users have found that Bosu goes well with other more established forms of exercise like Pilates, cardio work and even body toning.

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