Active stretches use the muscles of the body to move a body part whereas passive stretching uses gravity or an outside force to put stretch-tension on the target muscle(s).
While standing or kneeling on the dome, you can move the upper body lower, higher, to the sides or by reaching for and picking up cards from various locations on the floor, or by touching and/or relocating cones that have been placed in close proximity to the dome. It’s great for working your trunk too. Maintaining spinal alignment is important to low back health and sports performance.
Many sports teams use BOSU training too. Says Bennie Wylie, Assistant Strength Coach of the Dallas Cowboys “I implement the BOSU trainer during our off-season program for core strength training and rehabilitation of ankle and knee problems. It is a great piece of equipment and gives us an important extra dimension to our overall fitness program. Almost all of the players use the BOSU trainer in some fashion on a regular basis.”
So the next time you overhear a conversation in the grocery store or your friend tells you that she’s going to the 5:30 p.m. BOSU class at the Y, you’ll know what they’re talking about. Better yet, give it a try yourself!
Go and enjoy!