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Best BOSU Ball Exercises For The Ultimate Full-Body Workout!

K.Vijay Simha

Bachelor in Physiotherapy, Exercise Scientist, Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist

5 min read

 

If trying out a new effective workout and improving your overall balance and stability is on your mind, it may be time for you to start exercising with a BOSU balance trainer. BOSU (stands for Both Sides Utilised) and looks something like a stability ball cut in half. It has a rubber hemisphere on one side and a flat surface on the other side and is excellent for building stability and strength!

Best BOSU Ball Exercises For The Ultimate Full-Body Workout!
K.Vijay Simha
Bachelor in Physiotherapy, Exercise Scientist, Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist

If trying out a new effective workout and improving your overall balance and stability is on your mind, it may be time for you to start exercising with a BOSU balance trainer. BOSU (stands for Both Sides Utilised) and looks something like a stability ball cut in half. It has a rubber hemisphere on one side and a flat surface on the other side and is excellent for building stability and strength!
The flat surface provides steadiness to perform your workouts with extreme accuracy while the hemisphere on the other hand is partially filled with air and offers sufficient instability that stimulates the functioning of all your core muscles.

You can use both the hemisphere and the flat surface to improve your balance and strengthen your core. Use it to do full-body workouts or target problematic areas. It’s easy for everybody to use, even beginners. So here are some superb fun exercises to do with the BOSU ball.

1. Squats – Keep the flat surface up, i.e., place the BOSU ball on the rubber hemisphere. Position your right leg on one side of the ball, the ball will slant to the right – try to balance yourself by placing your left leg on the other side of the even surface. Be sure that you are steady and stable. Now, thrust your hips behind and at the same time lower your body; let your knees bend and then take your arms up close to your chest. Make sure your knees don’t extend beyond your toes.

2. Hip Raise – Lie flat on the ground. Stretch your knees and put your feet on both sides of the ball. Keep your hands by your side, palms flat on the surface and face towards the ceiling. Thrust your hips toward the ceiling. Stop when your thighs are in line with your hips. Lower your hips without placing them on the floor.

3. Lunge – Stand one foot away from the BOSU ball. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, core engaged and chest outwards. The semi-circular surface of the BOSU ball should be upwards. Place your right leg on top of the ball. Arch both your knees and lower your upper body so that your thighs are vertical to your shins. Hold this posture for a second and then go back to the starting position. Step on the ball with your right leg – arch both your knees, lower your lunge and torso. Hold this position for a second and get back again to the beginning position.

4. Full Plank – Flip over the ball and grip it at the ends. Spread your right foot behind your body, stretch your toes and place them on the floor. Now spread your left foot behind you and support your body on your arched toes of both your feet. Keep your core engaged and also ensure your spine is in alignment with your neckline and you are looking down. Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds.

5. Jump Squats – Stand a foot away from the ball. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, chest out, core engaged and knees marginally bent. The hemispherical surface of the ball should be facing upwards. Curve your knees a little as a prep to hop on the ball. Jump and land down on the semi-circular surface of the ball. Be sure that you are in a squatting position, with your back upright. Also, ensure your knees don’t extend your toes. Stay in this position for some time then get up and jump back on the ground – immediately as you land on the ground, squat downwards.

6. Crunches – Be seated on the ball, place your palms on it and place the small of your back against the round side of the ball. Your hips should be closer to the edge of the even surface, at the same time your back should be fully alongside the curve of the ball. Keep your feet flat and your knees arched on the ground. Keep your thumb behind your ears and keep your head up with your remaining fingers. Ensure your core is engaged. Breathe in and crunch up by lifting your upper body. Breathe out as you go up. Breathe in and get back to the starting point.

7. Sit-Ups – Get on the cupola of the ball and slightly slide down. Keep your thumbs behind your ears and keep your head up with the help of the other fingers. Engage your core lifting your upper body and come down to a sitting posture. Breathe out while doing this. Breathe in and go back to the initial pose.

8. Push-Ups – Flip the ball so that the flat surface is facing upwards. Keep your palms on both the sides of the ball. Spread your feet behind you and keep your spinal column in line with your neckline. Engage your core, breathe in, stretch your elbows and lower your body until your upper body is about to touch the surface of the ball. Breathe out and push your body back to the starting point.

If trying out a new effective workout and improving your overall balance and stability is on your mind, it may be time for you to start exercising with a BOSU balance trainer. BOSU (stands for Both Sides Utilised) and looks something like a stability ball cut in half. It has a rubber hemisphere on one side and a flat surface on the other side and is excellent for building stability and strength!
The flat surface provides steadiness to perform your workouts with extreme accuracy while the hemisphere on the other hand is partially filled with air and offers sufficient instability that stimulates the functioning of all your core muscles.
You can use both the hemisphere and the flat surface to improve your balance and strengthen your core. Use it to do full-body workouts or target problematic areas. It’s easy for everybody to use, even beginners. So here are some superb fun exercises to do with the BOSU ball.

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