BOSU Review

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BOSU is a balance training system utilizing a piece of equipment that looks like a half ball. BOSU stands for “Both Sides Utilized” which represents strengthening both body and mind at the same time.

BOSU has mushroomed into several products but the original and most widely-known is the BOSU 3D Training System, most commonly advertised in television commercials. The 3D System consists of the “modular docking station” (the base) and a balance bar. The System also comes with resistance tubing to work various parts of the body.

BOSU requires a focused mind as well as a focused body. There are many different exercises one can do with BOSU including cardiovascular exercises and strength training. There is even a set of videos outlining BOSU sports conditioning for various sports.

BOSU products range in price from $60 to $150 depending on the accessories in the packages. BOSU training systems can be ordered directly from the BOSU website. We were unable to locate any information about satisfaction guarantees, so if you purchase a BOSU system and it doesn’t work for you, you may not be able to get your money back.

Product Features

The BOSU training system is designed to improve balance and strength to build lean muscle mass and also for cardiovascular workouts to burn calories and fat. The BOSU training system is based around a piece of equipment shaped like a half of an exercise ball. Some BOSU systems come with optional resistance tubing for shaping muscle, particularly in the biceps and triceps.

Specific exercises can be performed with the BOSU training system that improve sports ability for tennis, baseball, football, hockey, soccer, basketball, golf, and skiing & snowboarding. Optional videos are available for purchase at the BOSU website for each of these sports.

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  • Compact equipment that can fit anywhere in a house.
  • Multi-tasking unit can assist in cardiovascular exercise or strength training.
  • Can purchase directly from the manufacturer’s website.


  • No money-back guarantee.
  • No free trial period available.
  • Limited accessory equipment.


There will definitely be a segment of the fitness equipment market attracted to the BOSU Training System, especially women, as it is flexible, easy to carry and move, and easy to set up and use. Those with limited space in their homes for exercise equipment will appreciate its size. We like the fact that videos are available to help new users develop an exercise routine. We would be more impressed if the company offered a money-back guarantee. Money-back guarantees not only allow the customer to purchase with confidence, they also show that a company believes in and is willing to stand behind its product. We hope that BOSU offers such a warranty in the near future.

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