Do you aspire to have rock hard abs? For some, planks, squats, and sit-ups are the way to go; for others, using a bosu ball is a safe and effective way to take your core workout to the next level. Fitness Expert, Madison Fedyk, shares her tips on strengthening your core and ensuring fast, effective results.
Traditionally, core workouts are done on stable surfaces – (think: sit-ups) – so introducing a bosu ball provides an added challenge when working out your core. To ensure you have the proper form and get the most out of the exercise, follow these simple step-by-steps:
Familiarize Yourself With Your Bosu Ball
If you’ve never worked with a bosu ball before, take a minute to inspect it and understand how it works. It is not uncommon to get injured or perform exercises improperly when using a bosu ball, so you want to make sure you know the ins and outs of this exercise equipment before using it. A bosu ball is a half-stability ball with a sturdy plastic platform on one side. The flat side can be placed either face up or face down, and the intention is to increase flexibility of the workouts you perform.
First, place both of your feet onto the flat side of the bosu ball. You should balance your toes on the ball, and use your hands to stabilize on the ground. This pose is essentially a variation of the plank pose, so to get the most out of this exercise, ensure you are engaging your core muscles, keeping your legs straight and active, and keeping your hips and bum flat and aligned with your back and legs.
To perform a squat variation using a bosu ball, place your feet on the flat side of the bosu ball, and focus on staying balanced and stabilized as you perform the squat. Again, to get the most out of this exercise, tighten and engage your core muscles as you perform each squat.