A Balance Trainer Will Give You A Stronger Core Than An Apple
A lot of people experience the same thing. They walk into the gym and can recognise 95% of the equipment in there. The treadmills, the exercise bikes, the weights and even the zany looking cross trainers. But wait a minute, what’s that over there?! Why does there appear to be a child’s space hopper cut in half left completely alone in the corner? Well that my friends is the very handy and versatile Balance Trainer Ball. In this article we’ll look through its uses and why you should be using it more than you are.
You’ve probably seen these half yoga balls with solid, plastic top and an air filled base a million times before and have often wondered what this piece of fitness equipment does. The Balance Trainer Ball, or more commonly known as a BOSU® Ball is an incredibly versatile tool with both sides being as important as each other. It can range from being used for warm ups or warm downs, muscle building, fat burning, core strengthening and physiotherapy.
Endorsed By Superhero’s…Kind Of.
It’s the tool utilised by Ryan Reynolds when preparing for his Deadpool role for a reason. One exercise he used that’s great for shredding fat and building a steady core is ‘Ball Mountain Climbers’. If you’re familiar to standard mountain climbers, then this will be easy for you to grasp. The idea with this is that you propel yourself using a Balance Trainer Ball with your hands firmly on the flat surface. This means that you’re balancing yourself on the ball half of the trainer which improves your balance and strengthens your core, making a normal simple Mountain Climbing exercise that much more difficult. From your starting press up position you lift your right foot off of the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. Do this 12 times for 1 rep and then repeat for the amount of desired reps. Now I appreciate that if you’re reading this then you’re not training to be the next Deadpool, however just for a bit of knowledge then Mr Reynolds does this three times during his intense workout sessions.
It’s Not Just Apples That Need A Strong Core
That’s just one way that Balance Trainer can be used. As I said, it’s a highly versatile piece of training equipment. Just by simply standing on it, you can strengthen a wide range of muscles. By standing on the flat, plastic surface then your core muscles and joints will be strengthened as the ball will move underneath you. By standing on the ball side of the trainer then ankles and the supportive muscles surrounding them will be strengthened as they try and stabilise your body.
Incorporating a Balance Trainer into your workout will help in every aspect of day to day life as well. It will help correct your posture meaning menial tasks such as sitting at your office desk will result you being less slouched over and sat more upright giving off the impression that you don’t have the posture of a balled up hedgehog. Using this equipment on a regular basis will balance out your body and stretch muscles that aren’t usually worked. If you’re a runner, then you’ll benefit greatly from using a Balance Trainer. It’ll train your posture to be straight so when you’re running, your weight won’t be uneven as you run along rough terrains or bumpy pavements.
Wax On, Wax Off
Balance Trainer Balls can be inexpensive and stored easily, meaning there’s no reason why they can’t be invested in for home use. The JLL Fitness Ball Balance Trainer can be bought from www.jllfitness.co.uk for as little as £34.99 or can also be bought form the eBay and Amazon stores. They are easily storable so you can get all of these great benefits from the comfort of your own home. You’ll be crouching down and balancing on your Balance Trainer in front of Coronation Street thinking you’re Mr Miagi before you know it!
Fun And Fitness Can Go In The Same Sentence
I mentioned earlier how it’s great for warm ups and warm downs. One easy and fun warm down I like to do with them is to grab two Balance Trainers, have you and your gym buddy stand on one each about 10 meters apart and then take it in turns throwing a medicine ball to each other. This is a fantastic warm down because you’re incorporating nearly every muscle in your body. Your legs are focusing on balancing which is also working your core. Your arms are focusing on catching and throwing a heavy ball, and best of all it’s quite fun to do. Be sure to use a medicine ball that’s heavy enough to be a struggle but light enough for you to be able to throw it.
The Possibilities Are Endless
It’s a clichéd saying in the world of fitness but you really can almost anything on a Balance Trainer. From squatting to press-ups, if you do any of your usual workout regime on a Balance Trainer then your upping your workout and maximising the benefits you get out of it. You can even incorporate weights with a ball trainer to really strengthen your core and improve your balance immensely. In no time at all, you’ll think you’re Phillipe Petit attempting to cross the Twin Towers on a wire.
So next time you’re stood in the gym and you’re eying up the Balance Trainer Ball don’t hide away from. Embrace it! Jump on one (not literally) and improve that core to build the solid foundation of a fitter, healthier body. Or if you don’t fancy venturing out to the gym, then investing in one for home is a great option. Just visit www.jllfitness.co.uk to start you balance journey now!