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Whether strength, cardio or yoga and Pilates training - in the USA the BOSU Ball has been a hit for several years. The "half ball" has also made a name for itself in competitive sports with us. BOSU's product range has grown steadily over the years. Reason enough to take a closer look at the similarities and differences between these training devices.
What is BOSU?
Both Sides Utilized - both sides in use: This is the abbreviation for the brand name BOSU, which today is synonymous with half a blue ball, the BOSU Balance Trainer. Whether stability training, balance training, balance exercises, core or stability workouts - this balance board is one of the most versatile training devices in the field of functional training.
A workout with the BOSU ball is not without it: Due to the unstable surface, you are forced to keep your balance with every exercise - whether standing or supporting. This quickly pushes untrained muscles to their limits. Constant stabilization and balancing challenge the muscles in addition to the usual training stimuli. But it's worth it: A well-trained, balanced body is also more stable and therefore more resilient and balanced in everyday life.
Originally from medicine, the BOSU brand fitness device has now become an almost indispensable tool in the gym. Whether in group training or as a training aid for individual athletic training - the air-filled ball is still very popular today.
BOSU comparison: All models at a glance
The professional: Pro Balance Trainer
As the name suggests, the BOSU Trainer PRO was designed for professional balance training. Instead of simple feet, the entire underside of the half balls is covered with a non-slip material. Maximum stability is guaranteed even under the toughest training conditions. Due to its reinforced plastic shell, the purchase of the professional version makes sense, especially for fitness studios where the device is used by several people every day and is therefore stressed.
Since the end of 2018 we have been exclusively offering the BOSU Pro in the black edition. Perfect for studios and training rooms with style and elegance. This black BOSU also has a matt, slightly roughened surface. Otherwise everything has remained the same: It is just as robust as the original Balance Trainer Pro and the diameter is 65 cm.
The next generation: NexGen Pro
The NexGen is the latest evolution of the half ball. The design has been completely renewed and a special surface structure has been added to the training bladder. The NexGen enables precise positioning and movements of hands and feet for cardio, flexibility, strength, core, balance and mobility exercises. Every single square centimeter has an influence on training success and efficiency. 20 years of training experience by the inventor of the original BOSU balance trainer, David Weck, have created this absolute balance trainer.
The proven advantages of the BOSU have of course been retained. The handles on the underside also allow comfortable handling here.
The home player: Home model
As the name suggests, the BOSU Home Edition is the ideal partner for balance training at home. With a diameter of 65 cm, it is still significantly lighter than the professional Pro and ELITE versions. Six non-slip feet on the underside prevent the device from slipping away during balance training at home - perfectly adequate for private users.
For those who like a little more unusual color during balance training, the home version is also available in bright pink. Eye-catcher guarantee included!
Sporty and compact: the Sport model
With a diameter of 50 cm, the BOSU Sport is the smallest version of the balance trainer. However, this does not detract from the fun of training. The same exercises can be performed with it as with its "big brothers". Its underside is also equipped with six non-slip feet. A clear advantage of the Sport is its space-saving size and weight: the Balance Trainer weighs just 4.8 kg.
Small bonus, big effect: the pods
Like their big brothers, these small bosu balls provide more instability, for example during exercises such as squats, push-ups or planks. The ring-like surface provides grip and comfort for hands and feet, while the nubbed bottom prevents slipping.
Also great: You can combine the small pods with the large balance trainers and get the most out of your workout. For example, have you ever tried doing push-ups on an inverted BOSU while your feet are each on a small pod?
Of course you can also use the Balance Pods from both sides. You can get the small balance pads in sets of 2 or 4.
From amateur athletes to professional athletes, BOSU now offers the right model for all needs.
The Bosuball Pro is interesting for frequent users and studios due to its enormous stability.
The Elite is perfect for professionals who want to be in the know. The coordinate system facilitates precision and allows the training progress to be recorded precisely.
With the home version, the name says it all: the model is usually completely sufficient for regular home use.
The sport variant is ideally suited for the full BOSU workout in between and on the go.
The small pods are the perfect supplement for stability, leg and abdominal exercises and can be perfectly combined with the large models.
Which model do you choose?