Balance – it may be your most important physical attribute. Sure, rock-hard abs, long, lean muscle and flexibility matter. But what would you be without the ability to evenly distribute your weight, stay upright and quickly respond to obstacles in daily life and while competing?
Yes, balance matters more than most of your other physical attributes, which is why you need to find balanced bliss by doing these five Bosu ball exercises:
This easy-looking workout is all about strengthening your core, which is critical to being in balance. Place the ball flat-side down and rest your forearms on the dome. Position your body in the plank position, with your shoulders over your elbows and your legs elevated on your toes. Start by holding the position for one minute and work up from there.
Every competitive athlete needs symmetrical hip mobility, which is exactly what this exercise helps you develop. Start by placing your left foot on top of the dome and your right foot in front of the Bosu ball. Push up with your left foot, which should lift your right foot off the ground. Hold the position for 20 seconds, then 45, then one minute. Then switch feet. Once you get really good, try it with your eyes closed.
Balance is all about making sure that every part of your body is working well together. Place the Bosu ball dome-side down, stand on the flat surface and lift weights over your head as if you are doing a shoulder press. You'll strengthen your core, legs and shoulders.
You'll need a partner for this one. Put the training ball dome-side down, stand on the flat side and play catch with a partner. You'll be surprised how quickly your balance, hand-eye coordination and core strength improve.
Deadlift Without Weight
Strong hamstrings and glutes are key to achieving better balance, and this workout is a leg burner. Put your Bosu ball dome-side down, step one foot up on the flat side and then reach down with your arms while kicking your other leg back. Try to create a straight line between your head and the heal of the leg that is kicked up behind you.
Not sure if you're ready for the intensity of the Bosu ball? Make an appointment with personal trainer Ralph Roberts. He has helped many people improve their fitness and athletic achievement by building better balance. Contact personal trainer Ralph Roberts today to schedule an appointment.