A BOSU® System For Success

By: Carrie Haines

Last month, we discussed how instructors currently receive BOSU® education. While there are many great virtual resources for fitness professionals to tap into for ideas, it’s important to also consider the value of live education. With BOSU® education specifically, the number one advantage of attending live education with us is learning a system for teaching exercises vs. learning an endless string of a-la-carte exercises that might be interesting, but ineffective when sequenced or presented inadequately. 

I often walk into a club and see a stack of BOSU® Balance Trainers sitting on a rack with no one making use of this amazing tool. When I inquire, I am usually told something like this: “One or two trainers used to use the equipment, but they are not here any longer,” or “We use them a little bit, but there is only so much you can do with it.” The problem isn’t lack of information being available, but no systematic approach to learning, using, and passing along the information from ‘generation’ to generation. 

As we talked about in last month’s blog, trainers and instructors often look to social media, YouTube, books, and even one another to learn new exercises. As long as this information is credible (best to use resources officially produced by BOSU® for the best skills and drills), without knowing how to sequence, progress, regress, and link together, programming is typically less than effective. I appreciate trainers and instructors taking an interest in adding more exercises to their toolbox. But, wouldn’t these exercises be more useful if you knew the best way to put it all together?

You’ve probably heard the old adage: “If you give a man a fish, he has food for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he has food for a lifetime.”  Fitness education should be regarded in the same way. Instructors and trainers are being served (and they’re searching for) lots of fish; but few actually know how to cook! Not only is this less than ideal for the longevity of a fitness professional, but it’s important for the sake of the participant.

Most instructors and trainers have completed lengthy certification courses that cover anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology.  Fitness professionals are then asked to pass an exam to showcase competency in general fitness programming.  Once completed, we are educated to teach or train clients, but these certification courses do not educate trainers or instructors on the proper techniques for teaching exercises on specialized equipment like the BOSU® Balance Trainer or Ballast® Ball.  Education to use this specific equipment is separate and considered a “specialty.” And, if a fitness pro is using a product, he/she should feel compelled to learn more about the specific product.

So what makes BOSU® “specialty” education special? The BOSU® Balance Trainer is a valuable physical training tool.  We know that if used properly it can generate incredible results for a client. But what makes for an outstanding BOSU® instructor?  A great BOSU® instructor knows how to properly sequence exercise for best benefit, how to select the most appropriate exercises for the audience, how to progress, regress, or change an exercise on the spot to help members feel most successful, and how to coach versus play follow the leader.

BOSU® Courses like the BOSU® Complete Workout System 8-Hour Certification, do not just teach the theory, science, practical application and modifications of BOSU® exercises, but the course focuses on actual coaching technique. During the course, each participant is given the opportunity to teach BOSU® exercises to other participants. They are also encouraged to apply modifications and variables to each exercise in order to feel more confident teaching to all levels. BOSU® certification courses aren’t just comprised of lectures and demonstrations. Trainers and instructors are observed and coached through the course on ways to improve the way they lead an exercise. All of these components are put together in a comprehensive course that gives fitness professionals a process or system for creating a successful workout experience for their clients. The objective is to have instructors that not only feel confident using the BOSU® Balance Trainer, but also in their ability to coach a client or class successfully. 

Here is what we know:

  • Learning just one or two exercises doesn’t give trainers or instructors any kind of coaching training and ultimately the trainer will run out of ideas and lose interest.
  • The BOSU® Certification Courses give trainers a system for creating an unlimited number of safe and effective exercises.
  • Learning exercises from the internet or a book doesn’t teach a fitness pro how to coach that exercise effectively.
  • The BOSU® Complete Workout System focuses on teaching better coaching skills so trainers feel more confident.
  • Learning one exercise at a time gives you one exercise that you may “re-heat and serve” a few times.
  • Obtaining a BOSU® Specialty Certification fills the trainer toolbox for a lifetime.

Hear what some of our BOSU® Complete graduates have to say about the program and how it’s progressed the as fitness professionals.

" In addition to offering excellent ideas for exercises, the BOSU® Complete certification provides valuable information on class development.  Selecting exercises is only one piece of the puzzle. The certification offers the templates from which instructors and trainers can build their programs." - Melissa Weigelt , Group Instructor & Personal Trainer

“The BOSU® Complete Certification...has given me endless tools and techniques on how to enhance my client's workouts!  The class design suggestions are over the top useful for my group classes, with lots of variations to choose from, depending on my students abilities.  Such a great program!” - Kari Chalstrom, Group Instructor & Personal Trainer

BOSU® Education offers several certification courses. The BOSU® Complete Workout System 8-Hour Certification is a must for any trainer that uses the Balance Trainer in their programs or any instructor that wants to incorporate the Balance Trainer into their classes. Those instructors and trainers that have gone through the live 8-hour course demonstrate more confidence in the way they teach BOSU® exercises. There are also certification courses specifically for those who teach or train active aging population, or only work one-on-one with clients as a personal trainer. With the right education course, trainers and instructors find that they have an unlimited library of BOSU® exercises and are confident in their ability to create the ultimate BOSU® exercise experience.

Here is a list of current BOSU® Certification courses:


Unlock the potential of the BOSU® Balance Trainer with this foundational balance training certification that combines science, practical application and over 150 BOSU® exercises and drills. It’s a jam-packed day that will provide you with a toolbox full of ideas to make the BOSU® Balance Trainer more effective in your club, in your classes and with your clients. This certification takes you step by step through the BOSU® Complete Workout System, provides you with 5 full workouts that you can start using right away, and gives you a unique system to help progress, regress, or vary any exercise. Leave this certification with knowledge of the science behind functional balance training, teaching skills to accommodate all levels of fitness, and new tools and ideas for designing endless BOSU® workouts that are effective and fun!


3D XTREME™ is a pre-formatted solution to maximize usage of the BOSU® Balance Trainers in your club. This completely unique, high-intensity, team-oriented workout program combines functional, integrated total body training with calorie-blasting cardio, intense core, and interactive team challenges to get XTREME results in the minimum amount of time. The secret is the three-dimensional impact of triplex training that fuses cardio, conditioning, and core and utilizes the BOSU® Balance Trainer with other favorite training equipment to help improve overall fitness. The exercises will challenge you, the pace will drive you and the team energy will inspire you! Get certified to bring this program to your club and watch participants build muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular power, and flexibility. Because the BOSU® Balance Trainer is utilized in every workout, participants also improve agility, balance, coordination, and reactivity. The team-oriented nature of the workout inspires interaction, socialization and friendly competition while amplifying the intensity. Designed to burn the maximum calories in a minimum amount of time, 3D XTREME™ delivers a high-results workout for all fitness levels


This unique BOSU® certification gives both group fitness instructors and personal trainers new ways to train one of the largest growing populations on the planet, the active aging market. Using the approaches of WHAT, WHY and HOW, participants will receive research-based ideas to learn WHAT are the best exercises to teach to Active Agers, WHY certain movement patterns are important, and HOW best to implement these cutting-edge movement patterns and training techniques in group classes and personal training sessions.  Understand the four types of age and learn how to use creative games to build functional strength, face the fear of falling with gait training, practice various ways to get up and down, move more efficiently through the entire kinetic chain, train mental functions, and ultimately make all daily movements easier to do! While moving through many of the body’s functional positions for activities of daily life, this workshop will explore how the BOSU® can provide assistance, resistance, cushioning and stimulus to amplify the effect for this important and growing market of exercisers.  


The BOSU® Personal Training Certification teaches you a unique system for incorporating strength, cardio, core, balance and agility into one full body workout with the BOSU® Balance Trainer and other BOSU® equipment. This training will give you the theory and science behind functional training, as well as new and exciting BOSU® exercises that can be used for one-on-one personal training or small group settings. Learn how to coach a full workout consisting of 6 triplexes that focus on different components of fitness, as well as progressions and regressions for all levels. In addition, you will take away 6 bonus challenges that can be added to any workout for motivation and fun. Get ready to take your training to a higher level! 


The BOSU® Mind-Body Certification teaches you a unique fusion of Yoga and Pilates inspired movement sequences that use the BOSU® Balance Trainer, Ballast® Ball, and Soft Fitness Ball. Learn how to build strength, balance and flexibility while creating greater body awareness in a mindful atmosphere of moving meditation. This training will give you fresh and dynamic exercises to use in group fitness or personal training settings. You will learn to teach a full class that fuses Yoga and Pilates, as well as how to split the exercise sequences for separate Pilates or Yoga workouts. Prepare to be challenged with advanced training techniques and new ideas! 


The ultimate cross-training workshop – done up BOSU style! Learn a unique system for incorporating elements of strength, cardio, core, balance and agility into one full body workout, and brand new exercises that use minimal equipment, minimal space, but give MAXIMUM results! Take the versatility of the BOSU® Balance Trainer to a whole new level, and be prepared for a total body meltdown!  

The BOSU® Complete Workout System Certification Course will be offered this summer as a pre-conference course at IDEA World in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 13th. For information or to register, visit the IDEA website: www.ideafit.com

For information on other course offerings, please visit //www.bosu.com/fitness-professionals.

Are you interested in bringing a BOSU® specialty certification course to your facility? There is no cost to host a training and host clubs often receive discounts on registration, comp registrations, and more. For information on how to host a workshop, please visit :  //www.bosu.com/host-bosu-workshop


Carrie Haines is a National Master Trainer for BOSU®, Tabata Bootcamp™, and Barre Above™. Carrie is a contributing writer for GX United and an IDEA Fitness Expert and Presenter.

Colleen Barriere

posted on June 20, 2016 11:52:32 AM EDT
will there be any upcoming classes for the complete bosu system coming to MN in the near future?


posted on June 20, 2016 1:46:57 PM EDT
Hi Colleen- Check our events page periodically as we are always adding new locations (http://www.bosu.com/workshop-events), but as of right now I do not see any in MN.

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