The bosu ball may look a little odd, but this half-platform, half-exercise-ball hybrid is a great tool to switch up your typical routine. It basically takes some of your favorite moves—planks, burpees and lunges, for starters—and makes them that much more challenging by adding in a balance component and waking up your muscle stabilizers. Plus, it gives you a better range of motion, so you can try more challenging exercises as you become stronger. To get you started, Hannah Davis, C.S.C.S., developed this beginner-friendly bosu ball workout. Not only does it give you a full-body blast, but you'll be out the door in under 15 minutes. Here we go!
How it works: Grab some space and perform these exercises in order for the recommended rep range. Do 2 to 3 rounds of these bosu ball exercises.
A. Stand with feet at hip-width distance holding bosu (platform) flat side to chest. Hinge forward at hips; bring bosu down to the floor.
B. Jump back into plank position with shoulders over wrists, and perform a push-up.
C. Jump both feet back in, stand, and press bosu up overhead for 1 rep. Do 10 reps.
Note: To make this exercise easier, you can step back instead of jumping, and/or drop to your knees for a modified push-up.
A. With the round side of the bosu facing up, place right foot on the center of the bosu, keeping left foot on the ground to the left of the ball.
B. Jump, and replace the right foot with the left foot, landing with your right foot to the right of the bosu ball for 1 rep.
C. Quickly repeat, jumping side-to-side for 20 reps.
A. Start in forearm plank on bosu ball, round side up. One hand at a time, push yourself up to a high plank position.
B. Return back down to forearm plank for 1 rep.
C. Do 15 reps, alternating your lead hand each time.
A. Stand with feet together about a foot in front of the bosu, round side up. Lunge back with right foot landing in center of bosu.
B. Lower into lunge, bringing right knee close to ground. Lift back up for 1 rep. Do 10 reps per leg.
Note: To make this exercise more difficult, hold a dumbbell in each hand.
A. Start in a high plank with both feet balancing on the center of the bosu, flat side up.
B. Engaging your core, lift your right foot up and tap it to the side of the bosu.
C. Return to start for 1 rep. Do 20 reps, alternating sides.
A. Start on your back with right foot on the bosu, round side up. Your left leg should be extended straight up in the air.
B. Push through right heel to lift glutes into air. Lower back to start for 1 rep.
C. Do 10 reps on right side; repeat on opposte side.
Note: To make this easier, keep both heels on the bosu.