Get Off The Bosu Ball

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by Ziltoid, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid In search for the Ultimate cup of Coffee

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    Preaching to the choir but I thought I would post this here anyway.

    Wobble boards, foam pads, swis balls, bosu balls, and
    inflatable rubber discs...

    You'll find them in most gyms and training facilities
    nowadays. In fact, chances are you've used these types of
    devices with your clients and athletes.

    But the big question is this...

    Could it really be possible that these devices actually
    INCREASE their chances of injury - while DECREASING their
    ability to get stronger?

    Sadly, the answer is yes...

    Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying "unstable surface
    training" is bad. Indeed, there are some very good uses of
    these types of boards and balls.

    However, without a proper understanding of when to use
    unstable surface training (and a thorough understanding of
    why), the risks go WAY up while the benefits go way down.

    Excitingly, my good friend Eric Cressey has just released a
    fantastic book called: "The Truth About Unstable Surfaces
    Training."

    This book is a culmination of more than three years of
    research, experimentation, and analysis. In fact, the
    foundation of this book is based on Cressey's own research
    at the University of Connecticut. The rest is based on his
    experience coaching high level athletes.

    In "The Truth About Unstable Surfaces Training" Cressey will
    walk you through the following:

    * The origins of unstable surface training

    * The problems with research-to-date on unstable
    surface training, and why you've been mislead

    * The difference between balance and stability

    * The five factors affecting one's stability, and
    how you can modify them to become a more stable
    athlete

    * How unstable surfaces alter muscular recruitment
    patterns - and how you can use those alterations to
    your advantage or disadvantage

    * The actual science - and research data - that
    quantifiably justifies or refutes specific uses of
    unstable surface training

    * Guidelines for when and how to implement unstable
    surface training to maximize training efficiency and
    help you avoid wasting time and effort

    * How unstable surface training can help or hinder
    performance in different athletes

    * How unstable surfaces can increase the risk of
    injury in some populations, while actually
    rehabilitating others

    * Guidelines for alternative, more sport-specific
    instability approaches when unstable surface
    training is not the best avenue to pursue

    * 21 different stability progression models
    encompassing over 50 exercises with photos and
    descriptions

    * How to train balance for maximum functional
    carryover and superior athletic performance

    If you're a fitness professional, this is one resource you
    absolutely need to have in your library. The lessons you'll
    learn will be invaluable.

    However, if you're a fitness professional who has used (or
    continues to use) unstable surface training with your
    clients, I recommend grabbing this book immediately.

    Click here to learn more about Cressey's new book:
    http://www.precisionnutrition.com/cmd.php?page=409721
     
  2. Ian Coe

    Ian Coe Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    Ziltoid...this looks very much like a advertisement for a book without openeing up any room for discussion.

    I/'ll assume the best and just say 'wobble boards are over rated'
     
  3. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid In search for the Ultimate cup of Coffee

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    Yeah. What the hell was I thinking posting this up anyway. I must still be fucked up from last night. Close this shit, lol!
     
  4. physicaltherapy

    physicaltherapy Blue Belt

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    For me, rehab only. Once you get to the wellness spectrum, start lifting some heavy weights.
     
  5. ChachiKiller

    ChachiKiller Brown Belt

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    Great commercial.

    What we will find is that he has taken a controversial position. He will preach how they can be good, then demonstrate how they were over prescribed for fitness (gimicky) and ultimately say that you should use both in moderation.

    All the gym gimics come from the world of physical rehab and how it crossed into personal training so trainers could keep people excited to pay $80 an hour. When I see heavy people on a wobble board I laugh. It comes from mindless trainers who do not think for themselves but have just jumped on a band wagon.
     
  6. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    commercial.


    commercial.


    are we supose to say anything?
     
  7. B3rserk3R

    B3rserk3R Brown Belt

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    Is anyone else waiting for EC to release one of those books about how to make money selling shit on ebay next? He seems to be getting a little less original all the time.
     
  8. AzRich75

    AzRich75 Purple Belt

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    I have learned that just doing exercises that UTILIZE stabilizer muscles versus FOCUS on stabilizer is much more productive. Not really rocket science there.
     
  9. Barut

    Barut Banned Banned

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    I heard that EC is having an affair with a bosu ball. All the hate is merely a cover story so that the press doesn't catch wind of the affair.
     
  10. HumboldtMMA

    HumboldtMMA Orange Belt

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    Instability training is great. Just use common sense like anything else. Hell, every time I surf or snowboard I'm glad I've got Bosu ball and a Balance Board!
     
  11. fizzmo

    fizzmo Orange Belt

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    I have a giant swiss ball at home that my sister bought and never used. It's only use is to throw it down the hall at my dog and make it run for its life Indiana Jones style.
     
  12. bfdtuck

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    moderation in everything
     
  13. James Fuller

    James Fuller Amateur Fighter

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    And all this can be yours for the low low price of $9.99! Thanks for the infomercial but moderate instablity training is good for developing support and core muscle groups.
     
  14. MikeMartial

    MikeMartial Black Belt

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    Summed up nicely, especially coming from a PT. I have no idea who ever thought that something designed for rehab should be mainstreamed for healthy individuals, but they should be found and bitchslapped.
     
  15. ROCKwell

    ROCKwell Green Belt

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    I agree with the rehab idea. Once I added it to my routine, post knee surgery, I started making even more progress (whether it be natural progression or due to use of the bosu).
     

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