How To Use A Bosu Ball To Create Gravity Defying Glutes


If you ladies out there are looking to really improve your behind, your buttocks, your bootie … Well, you REALLY, REALLY NEED TO GIVE BOSU BALL A TRY!

Put simply, a BOSU — which stands for “both sides up” or “both sides utilised” is a half exercise ball with a platform on the bottom, designed keep the user off balance. Standard exercises, like squats and lunges, become more difficult since the body has to not only perform the exercise, but also fight to remain stable throughout the movement.

You’re changing your centre of gravity with each part of the reps. As you step onto the dome, there’s more tension in your front leg, so you’re emphasising your front quad more. And because your front foot is elevated, the glutes in your rear leg are better activated, too.

Following a program that targets the tough-to-tone areas of the glutes while increasing core stabilisation — like this plan— will better your chances of achieving the look you want. Do it two or three times a week using 10- to 15-pound dumbbells; as you progress, increase your resistance to continue seeing changes.

Alternating Lunge:

Target Muscles: glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip adductors

HOW TO Do: 3 sets of 12 reps (each leg)

Set Up: Holding dumbbells at your sides, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and the BOSU on the ground in front of you.

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Action: Keep your chest tall and shoulder blades back as you step forward, centering your foot on the BOSU’s dome, and lower into a lunge. Explosively push back to the starting position, and repeat with your opposite leg.

Split Squat & Press

Target Muscles: glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, deltoids, triceps brachii

HOW TO Do: 3 sets of 10 reps (each leg)

Set Up: Get into a wide split stance, with the toes of your rear foot on a BOSU. Hold a dumbbell in each hand just above shoulder height with your palms facing in.

Action: Keep your torso upright, slowing bending both legs to lower. As you return to the start, drive your arms up into full extension. Lower the dumbbells back to the starting position, and repeat for your set before switching sides.

Side Squat & Front Raise

Target Muscles: glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip adductors, deltoids

HOW TO Do: 3 sets of 10 reps (each leg)

Set Up: Stand with both feet on the BOSU and hold a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing you.

Action: Step your left foot out to the side and bend your knees while simultaneously raising the dumbbells in front of you. (Make it harder: take a big step out to the side and keep the legs on the BOSU straight.) Push back to the start and repeat. Once your set is complete, switch sides.

Single-Legged Hip Extension

Target Muscles: glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings

HOW TO Do: 3 sets of 12 reps (each leg)

Set Up: Lie face up on the floor, with your arms extended at your sides and one foot centered on the BOSU. Raise your non-working legs toward the ceiling and bend your knee.

Action: Drive the heel of your working foot into the BOSU and raise your hips. Pause briefly and focus on squeezing your glutes at peak contraction. Lower back to the start, finish your set, then repeat with your opposite legs on the BOSU.

BOSU Superwoman Extension

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Target Muscles: glutes, spinal erectors, deltoids

HOW TO Do: 3 sets of 10 reps (each side)

Set Up: Balance on the BOSU on your hands and knees; your palms will be slightly in front of the center, and your knees will be slightly behind. Keep your arms straight and avoid rounding your spine.

Action: Keeping your chin down, extend one leg back and raise your opposite arm out in front of you until both are parallel to the floor. Hold this position for two seconds before returning to the start. Complete all reps using the same arms and leg before switching sides and repeating.

Written by Valentin Bosioc

Valentin Bosioc - wellness specialist, certified personal trainer, certified fitness instructor, celebrity trainer, Musclemania Champion, Ninja Warrior Semifinalist, world wide motivator!

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