The Bosu ball (pronounced Bow-Sue) was developed in 1999, and got its name from its functionality – ‘Both Sides Up’.
Since its introduction, the Bosu ball has been a fantastic addition to many gyms, whether it be for increasing stability or challenging the elite.
How is a BOSU different to a Swiss ball?
Bosu balls are distinctive because of their shape. The simplest way to describe it is as a swiss ball ‘cut in half’ with a hard plastic base. The plastic base can be used to stabilise the swiss-ball side and create a soft but round platform for extended sit-ups or even assisted lunges. If you’re brave enough to place the swiss-ball side down, you will have a hard plastic platform to balance on. Some may complete squats whilst balancing on the hard plastic platform, complete push-ups while stabilising the ball or even change the game with handstands.
Why do we love bosu balls?
For us at Progressive Physiotherapy, we love to use the Bosu ball for rehabilitation, maintenance and development. It is a fantastic way to help re-build muscles and nerves around areas of concern, and most importantly help our clients develop confidence back after long-term injury. Bosu balls are great for improving stability, as well as helping the body recognise over-movement of joints, muscles and ligaments and correct the movement, before injury occurs.
Could a Bosu Ball work for me?
YES! Bosu balls are so versatile they can work in with almost any routine. Whether your goal is rehabilitation, or you are looking for a different type of challenge, the Bosu Ball has a lot to offer. Before going to the internet, and googling all your workouts, we recommend coming in to chat about your needs and how a Bosu Ball could best suit you. This means we can complete a full assessment, check where your body is currently at and recommend ways to integrate it into your routine so you benefit the most!