Have you ever spotted that odd-looking half moon shaped ball at the gym and wondered "What the heck is that?" This edition of Essential Exercises for Women showcases that little fitness gem and it is called the BOSU Balance Trainer. The BOSU (stand for 'Both Sides Up' or 'Both Sides Utilized' meaning you can use both the rounded and flat parts) is a great tool to use to add variety and challenge to your workout and has many benefits; such as strengthening the entire body as well as adding unexpected cardio moves to raise your heart rate. These Jumping Power Lunges we are about to show you are a great example of you can get you heart pumping while challenging all of the muscles in your lower body!
Jumping Power Lunges
1. Face the BOSU Trainer and place the right foot in the center of the dome.
2. Lower into a lunge (the front knee should be behind the toe).
3. As you press up, jump up and switch legs in the air, landing with the left foot on the dome, right foot back.
4. Continue jumping and switching legs for 10 to 15 reps. This endurance move will challenge the heart rate, strengthen the lower body and core.
This move may be a little advanced for some if your are unfamiliar with using the BOSU. If you are a BOSU balance newbie, we recommend starting with a basic lunge before adding in the jump in order to learn how to stabilize your foot on the trainer.
Other Great BOSU Exercises:
If there is a specific area that you would like to address using the BOSU please drop us a line in our comment section or click here to submit your question through our site. Our personal trainers would be happy to help you!