If I’ve Said It Once, I’ve Said It OMGBOSUBALLSSUCK….ahhhhhhh
Q: Hey Tony-
I was perusing some of your past blogs and I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw you bashing the Double Bosu 360 Squats (I love all those exercises on that website, ESPECIALLY the ones involving the Bosu ball- of course, I love the instability stuff). Do you think that particular exercise is appropriate for anyone?
Side Note: for those of you who are too lazy to click on the link above, here’s the exercise in question. Try not to let it ruin your day too much. Also, if you happen to be on blood pressure medication, you may want to double dose that shit. Like right now.
A: Okay, there are only a handful of things in life that I know are 100% true:
1. Water is wet.
2. The sky is blue.
3. I hate Kelly Brook’s boyfriend because I’m not him.
4. The square root of 58,856 is 242.60255563369483
And last but not least, BOSU balls suck. Point. Blank. Period.
You’re never going to change my mind on this…..ever. If I were in the business of producing weak athletes prone to ACL injuries, then I would undoubtedly incorporate them into my programming. But since this obviously isn’t the case, can we please, for the love of all that’s holy, stop with this nonsense?
Listen, I respect the fact that you like using the BOSU ball. You’ve obviously used it extensively in your training. Likewise, if it’s something you enjoy and keeps you motivated to train, then who I am to tell you otherwise? As I’ve stated in the past (note: this reader and I have exchanged several e-mails on this topic), you and I will just have to agree to disagree when it comes to un-stable surface training for healthy individuals.
However, since you continue to bring this topic up, and it’s readily apparent you’re less than ecstatic with the results of your training over the past few months/years (coincidence?), I don’t really feel bad about bashing it.
You see, I’ve been doing this “training” thing for quite some time now. In that time, I’ve obviously been exposed to anything and everything as it relates to training people. Some good, some absolutely atrocious. More to the point, I make my living getting people results in the safest, most time efficient manner possible. As such, why would I choose to use a piece of equipment that for all intents and purposes, has been shown to be inferior to anything I can do on stable ground?
Believe me, I’m not the only person who feels this way. Many of the most respected names in the industry- including, but not limited to Alwyn Cosgrove, Mike Boyle, Mike Robertson, Gray Cook, Stuart McGill, Bill Hartman, Eric Cressey, myself, so on and so forth rarely, if ever, use the BOSU ball with their clients. Maybe my train of thought is a bit loopy, but I think it says something if some of the top names in the industry agree on something.
Conversely, who does use them? Personal trainers who, for lack of a better term, are douchbags to the douchiest power, and like to demonstrate the “illusion” that they know what they’re doing. They need some sort of gimmick to separate themselves from the masses and draw attention to attract clients. What better way than to have them squat on a BOSU ball!?!?! It’s unique, different, and fun!!! (note sarcasm).
In the end, I win.