Product/Workout Review: BOSU Trainer

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.

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A few weeks ago I was awarded the opportunity to work with Fit Approach and BOSU for the #BOSUStrong challenge/campaign.  During that time I was able to incorporate the BOSU trainer into my fitness routine as well as follow the workouts provided by BOSU Fitness.

One of the things I like most about the BOSU is its versatility and ability to be used with nearly any workout routine.  Additionally, a quick google search can provide you with many great examples of moves that can be used to strengthen, tone, and balance your body, but if you’re short on search time you can also use the DVD that comes with the purchase of one of these trainers.

One of my favorite workouts in the 4 in 1 Complete Body Workout DVD was the Total Body Workout.  It’s easy to follow and works everything from your legs to your core.

It includes moves like the side squat (pictured above), side squats with standard squats (pictured below),

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and side squats with a twist (also pictured below). There were also side squats with a double hop in between, but we missed those in the shots.

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It was followed up by marching in place on the BOSU and then step ups onto the BOSU with a march or jog (see below)
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Next up was one legged balance with a raised leg.  The routine was then repeated to go back to marching in place, stepping up to march and then balance on the opposite leg.

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Core work came next with a few crunches that really put emphasis on drawing up with the core and extending back with the spine.

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Side bends (below) were next and they also focused on full engagement of the core.

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After the side bend sequence there was the side balance (two versions) with raised legs–I chose to do the modified with forearm support (not pictured). It was immediately followed by a full side stretch with a two arm reach or a one arm reach with forearm support. This side sequence was repeated for both sides.

Segment 2 began with forward lunges onto the BOSU (see picture below).  After completion of a few lunges it switched to step ups all the way to the opposite side of the BOSU and added in another set of lunges followed by more step ups until I was centered on the BOSU.

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The next motion was a sequence of a few side squats with alternation back and forth between sides.

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The sequence repeated for a while until it dropped down to double side squats and then single side squats (with punch) while alternating between sides.  The pace built as the number of squats between side steps decreased.

Up next we took it to the floor with rocking planks.  These took a lot of work in both the upper body and the core. It’s a challenging move, but can be modified if you bring yourself to your knees.

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to photograph the remainder of the workout (my personal photographer of a hubby was far to busy) , but the remainder of the workout was still fun.

The side planks went right into push-ups (choice of modified or standard and were followed up by a stretch very similar to child’s pose.

In short the workout closed up with BOSU bicycle crunches (always a killer) and additional core work and stretches.

Segment 3 included the following moves:

  • side step ups with knee lifts
  • compressions
  • mogul jumps
  • squats
  • squats with a jump
  • knee balance
  • core balance with rotation
  • hamstring stretch while seated on the BOSU
  • BOSU superman stretches
  • and a few additional stretches (sorry they are hard to describe)

Overall this total body workout was a blast, but I much prefer to utilize the trainer in creative ways to add a challenge to my current workout routine.

As most of my readers and followers know, I am a huge fan of at home workouts and I believe that everyone should find something that can make their at home routine more convenient.  We don’t all have access to the gym or a trainer, but having a few useful pieces of workout equipment can go a long way.

The BOSU trainer is a great addition to any home gym or any personal trainer’s collection.  It can either add an extra challenge to certain movement or make them easier by changing the depth of squatting or lunging.  I loved using the trainer for that reason.

I’ve been recovering from a running injury and it made it difficult for me to do certain squatting of lunging movements the standard way.  BUT there was something about the different levels of squatting or lunging with the BOSU that made it a little bit easier to do the movements without pain.

I definitely recommend this item to others and look forward to finding new ways to use it. I’m also super stoked to be participating in the upcoming #FitFamily challenge with my son! The new challenge begins on 10/12/15 and it focuses on how to make fitness a family affair.

Keep an eye out for more posts and reviews of the kids workouts!

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.

#BOSUstrong Week 3 (9/28-10/2), time to STRETCH & TONE! :

Does the #BOSUstrong challenge make you want to jump for joy too?  I know I’m having fun with it! I’ve learned new ways to incorporate the BOSU into my daily routine.  This week is all about the STRETCH & TONE!

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Week 3: My 5 fave stretches and 3 tips for toning your arms!

I can’t believe its already week 3 of the #BosuStrong challenge, time flies when  you’re having fun! Last week we focused on balance and I was proud of myself for __attempting a tree pose on the bosu_. This week its all about stretching and toning – so make sure you join in on the fun!

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Since we’re talking about stretching here are 5 of my all time favorite stretches:

  • I love to stretch my legs by doing _pigeon pose_.
  • My favorite total body stretch is_a sun salutation series_.
  • I swear when I do___hamstring streches___, it feels like_a painful reminder that I’m still not ready to run and I wish I were (darn hamstring injury)_.
  • I stretch my mind by _meditating will in corpse pose and letting go of the daily stresses.
  • I try to stretch out of my comfort zone by_trying new things and pushing myself just a little harder with each workout/stretch.

And if you’re looking for a great way to tone your _arms_, here are my fave 3 tips (tricks, advice, words of wisdom, etc):

  1. Don’t be afraid to use heavy weights and try something new!  This week I’ll try to incorporate some of my fave lifting moves with the BOSU trainer to add a whole new level of difficulty.__
  2. Get creative with the BOSU or a chair and try some tricep dips (keep an eye out on Tuesday 9/29)
  3. Fuel your body right!!  This is the most important piece of advice!  If you want those muscles to really pop you will need to dedicate more efforts in the what you’re putting into your body.

So I want to know – are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

The daily prompts are below. You can also follow along HERE.

Week 3, time to STRETCH & TONE!: (9/28-10/2):

(Make sure you tag @Bosu_Fitness on Instagram & @BosuFitness on Twitter):

  • Monday, 9/28: We’re starting the week with some side lunges! Show us how you work those inner and outer thighs @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

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  • Tuesday, 9/29: It’s #tempotuesday! Show us your fave body toning move @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: It’s #triceptuesday and we want to see you dip! Now drop down and give us 20 tricep dips. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Wednesday, 9/30: Grab a partner and show us how you tone it up together! @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
    • Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ in a good stretch this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 10/1: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body stretch. #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really stretched outside of your comfort zone (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 10/2: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite stretch! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
    • Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Show us a move that helps you stretch and tone #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

Notes: You do not need to own or have access to a BOSU to participate. By participating you will have a chance to win a BOSU and other fun prizes. And please, if you are using a BOSU throughout this challenge, never stand on your BOSU with the dome facing down (images or moves down on the BOSU incorrectly will not count during this challenge).

Disclaimer: this post was sponsored by BOSU but all opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Fit Approach (Sweat Pink) community.