When looking at balance training and setting out a plan to achieve great balance, we first need to look at core strength. If you don’t have a strong core, your ability to balance is going to be limited.
I recommend having a core program that involves direct focus on these muscles, strengthening the lower back, oblique muscles and abs and establishing a strong neuromuscular connection with them as a great place to start.
You’ll still want to strengthen all of your other muscle groups as well and having a strong core will make this easier.
There are many tools you can use to begin your balance training. One I have found works is a BOSU balance Trainer, with its curved and flat sides. Use a spotter to assist you in standing on this.
When standing on it has become easy and you can stay on with no problem or challenge, turn the BOSU over and try standing on the flat side as well. When standing on both sides becomes easy, doing exercises such as squats, dead lifts, shoulder presses, etc. is a great way to add to your balance strength.
Training with weights on the BOSU will challenge your ability to balance even more. Shifting the weight and maintaining balance will take core strength and will be much harder than standing still on it, so remember to use a spotter!
There may well come a point when you can’t take any more weight onto the BOSU with you for certain exercises. Remember, there is a weight limit on this inflated device and you shouldn’t exceed it. Once you get close to this point there are places to go from there if you wish to continue your journey with balance strength.
Like all exercises, form is going to be very important with balance strengthening so you should make sure you are using good form. A trained professional can help with this!
Nathan Gavel (Certified PTS, R-A-B 1, SM1, SS1) is a Level 3 Personal Trainer with GoodLife Fitness in Burnside. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.