What is BOSU®?
*Pronounced “Bo,” like the boy’s name, and “Sue,” like the girl’s name.
What began as the launch of one of the most innovative products the fitness industry has ever seen turned out to be just the start of a journey that continues to expand, shape and define functional training.
Invented by David Weck, the BOSU® Balance Trainer debuted in ..
The science of human movement supports what we know to be true; BOSU® training really is for everyone. It’s quite possibly the most effective route to improving core stabilization and neutral spinal posture, both of which are the building blocks for moving better in athletics and in life.
In this section, professionals can learn more about the science behind balance and balance training, why there is no better way to train than functionally, and how to integr..
righting, protective and equilibrium reactions
The antigravity, balance and power producing capacity of the body can be simply thought of, in terms of physical skills, as righting, protective and equilibrium reactions.
Automatic righting reactions maintain or restore body alignment as it relates to the position of the head, trunk and limbs. Muscle spindles monitor the rate at which muscles lengthen and play a big role in maintaining balance at rest. Spindle feedback..
Proporioceptive sense, and consequently balance, is available largely because of muscle spindles and other sensory organs or proprioceptive receptors. Sensory organs relay information via the central nervous system, and provide a sense of body or limb position in space. This is also referred to as kinesthetic awareness. Sensory organs, located in muscles, tendons or joints, for example, allow a person to predict the degree of elbow flexion or extension even if t..
Balance represents an ability to stabilize and maintain a desired body position. Balance can also be thought of as correct, or efficient, positioning of a body part or the entire body.
Natural and functional movement is directly related to the harmonious work of joints, muscles and the neurological system. The neurological system interacts with the musculoskeletal system in a coordinated and complex manner. Using stability or balance training, and CCE, is the perfect way to..
Secondary fitness traits can be represented by the acronym CARBS = P. With a base of cardiovascular, strength and flexibility fitness established, an important training goal becomes one of transitioning this less functional health/ fitness/aesthetically oriented fitness foundation into integrated movement ability. It must be noted that some secondary fitness traits can be trained simultaneously with primary components, but regardless, it is important to “changeup” your program at ..
7. Challenge joint motions in a manner that acknowledges the degree to which sport and daily life movements are similar. Developing general movement capabilities that have a high transfer and relevance to sport and daily life provides a clue that functional training approaches are generally not trying to create sport specific movement. This generalist approach views most activities as more similar than different and focuses on commonalities of daily activity and..
The BOSU® Balance Trainer is a piece of fitness equipment that facilitates functional balance training. Thus, it is important to understand what functional training is and how it fits into a total fitness program.
functional training defined
Functional training is purpose driven or intentional training. One can begin to think of functional training (FT) or functional fitness as a methodology and form of movement that is used to expose an individual to integrat..