Melissa May leads a Step Class at the Fitness Place in Soldotna.
BOSU is an acronym for "both sides up,” because the BOSU Balance Trainer can be used with the platform side either up or down for different types of balance challenge, says Fitness Place owner Melissa May. According to May, the solid platform is 25 inches in diameter and the dome is inflated until it is firm. Two recessed handles on the bottom of and towards the sides on the platform make it easy to turn over or carry. “This hybrid fitness product has its genesis in the field of medicine, as well as balance, functional and sports specific training. Neuromuscular physiology, which helps to define human movement, provides the science that backs this remarkably complete approach to training,” says May.
The Fitness Place is now offering introductory BOSU classes with professional trainer Angie Brennan. “People love it, the BOSU Balance Trainer offers a different means to make exercise more appealing and effective for average people, fitness enthusiasts and highly trained athletes, it’s a wonderful thing and you work muscles you never knew you had or knew how to work them, you can even do yoga on a BOSU” said Brennan. When the BOSU is inverted with the ball side down the solid platform increases the difficulty and balance for traditional exercises such as push ups.
The Fitness Place is offering BOSU classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays but according to May many of the instructors are incorporating BOSU drills in their regular classes. The Fitness Place Juice Bar has also become very popular with the health conscience community, “A lot of folks are coming by for a quick healthy pick me up at the juice bar, and others are starting off their work out or topping it off with one of our energy drinks, protein shakes, jet teas or 100% natural smoothies, its been a popular addition to the club,” added Melissa. The BOSU may be the latest exercise craze which encourages people to try something new that will help increase their physical fitness but according to Melissa it’s all good, “At the Fitness Place we focus on establishing exercise as a part of your way of life, and life needs to be fun. So whether it’s kick boxing, step, free weights, power pacing, circuit training or BOSU, it all works together to improve your health and quality of life. Stop by and check us out and we hope you’ll become a member of our Fitness Family.” The Fitness Place is located in Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway next to the King Salmon restaurant across from JoAnn Fabrics. For more information call 262-4690.
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