A balancing manifesto
Why would people choose to use a Bosu ball to work on balance?
It’s a real question, not a rhetorical one.
The answer (when is a good one) that I often get is:
“To develop leg stability and work the intrinsic musculature of my foot”
Well, to me this answer is wrong. Not because it is a bad answer in general, it might even be correct from a very pragmatic point of view but because it doesn’t address the core of the matter.
More specifically this question is asking the reason to pick an exercise (over another). Therefore, it is primarily a philosophical one.
One could then reformulate the answer and say:
A. “Because I like the portability of the object, in my view the capacity to bring the gear with me at all times it is more relevant the gear itself. Minimalism is my way of life. ”
To which I answer: A million other things are portable. Why specifically this one and not another basic proprioceptive board or another object?
B. “Because it’s versatile, I can use it with different populations, for different reasons”
To which I answer: Versatility is a state of mind, you can be versatile by balancing on a bumper plate, or on a line. An object in itself doesn’t possess connotations of any sort.
C. “Because it’s cheap” – ah, no wait, nobody says this because it’s NOT.
D. “Because the experts told me…”
To which I answer: who is this expert’s opinion? Does that person have a philosophy you comprehend and share? Does that person have any economic advantage in proposing that methodology? Did that person offer other options for you to choose from?
E. “Because they are highly available”
To which I shortly answer: Well, I do not like that answer, because it is false. It is definitely not the most available thing out there.
…but this availability is an interesting factor, isn’t it? Well, we’ll get back to it in a second.
Look let me tell you, no answer that has ever been given to me regarding this blue ball convinced me completely. Not even at 40%. Bosu is an instrument invented to make money, from people who do not practice balance for people who do not practice balance, in any form. It is a twisted conjecture of modern fitness. Period.
Similarly to the Bosu, an infinite number of gym ornaments are being produced with no specific purpose but that of making money by selling them. Cool, now that we are orbiting around the same planet, let’s move on.
Back with the availability view; I asked myself, what do people have available at most times, everywhere, with minimal effort to look for and that:
– can be found everywhere, in any city in the world, with minimal scouting.
– can be built with basic and simple material if needed.
– can be durable yet cheap.
– can produce a real scenario for development.
– can be versatile to produce as many options as possible.
And from here the view: bars, railings, poles, rails, lines, edges, gates, spikes.
These are the elements I train my balance on. When it comes to the root of a practice, awareness, and clarity is needed.
All the material in terms of progressions, regressions, set/reps and methodologies to increase balance via this philosophy will be delivered in details to my live and online students. However, if you follow my socials you’ll pick up a thing or two.
Bottom line: forget about the newest fitness tool you’re seeing on TV and use the ever-present ones. Stop thinking about making your body stronger and make it more intelligent instead. Throw away those Bosu balls people, stand on bars.
Not to mention, I just saved you over 150 €.
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