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Mountain Climbers with BOSU Balance Trainer

by Anthony Carey, MA

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The mountain climber with the BOSU Balance Trainer is a great full body exercise that creates a disruption in our center of gravity as we move one leg forward of the other, while stabilizing the upper body and shoulder girdle. First, start with the Balance Trainer inverted, with the soft side down, and grab hold of the outer portions of it. Put your feet back behind you so you're in a nice plank position. From here, bring one knee up toward the Trainer at a time, bringing that same foot back. Each time, you'll be in what we call a single limb support with the back leg, which creates a disruption of the center of gravity of your balance. If you want to progress this exercise, move both feet at the same time, so now there's a point where there's no contact with the floor with your lower body, which is a higher cardiovascular demand, as well as a greater balance demand. To regress this exercise, get rid of the Balance Trainer, put your hands on the floor, and bring one leg up, maintaining good stability through the lumbar spine, pelvis and shoulder girdle as the leg moves.

About the Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA

Anthony Carey, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA, owns Function First in San Diego, California. He holds a master?s degree in biomechanics and athletic training, and is an internationally-recognized speaker on biomechanics, posture, motor control and musculoskeletal pain and function. As a best-selling author, his work has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Anthony is also the inventor of the Core-Tex.