BOSU Balance Trainer

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BOSU Balance Trainer

Manufacturer: BOSU®

Price Range: $92.00 - $95.00

Manufacturer Description

According to the manufacturer, the BOSU® Balance Trainer can be used with the platform side either facing up or down. The solid platform is 25 inches in diameter, and the dome must be inflated until it is firm. There are two recessed handles on the bottom and to the sides of the platform. The base is made of non-skid, non-marking material. Includes pump, manual and training DVD.

Manufacturer Specifications

Materials: Burst-resistant dome; Non-skid, non-marking base; Size: 25” diameter

ACE Expert Review

The BOSU Balance Trainer is a two-sided exercise device consisting of an air-filled dome and a platform. The term “BOSU” stands for “Both Sides Utilized,” meaning that exercisers can use the dome side or the platform side to perform various exercises. Each side offers unique balance challenges for the user, who can perform lying, seated, kneeling, or standing exercises on either side. The bladder (or dome) is molded over a solid, non-skid, non-marking base platform.

What we liked:

  • The BOSU Balance Trainer is incredibly versatile as it provides two surfaces on which to perform a large number of exercises.
  • In comparison to a stability ball, the BOSU Balance Trainer can accommodate a larger variety of fitness participants because of its versatility.
  • The exercises that can be performed sitting, kneeling, or lying on the BOSU are potentially safer than those that are performed on a traditional stability ball because the BOSU is close to the ground and not as mobile, which reduces the risk for falls.

What we didn't like:

  • The BOSU Balance Trainer is heavier than other portable training devices, making it more difficult to transport if needed.
  • The BOSU Balance Trainer is a bit pricey for a single piece of exercise equipment.
  • To safely and effectively use the BOSU Balance Trainer, the exerciser will need to purchase additional instructional materials.

October 9, 2009

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