Before you jump down this guys throat, you might want to check this out.
This video is of Phil Pfister, worlds strongest man. You will notice the inclusion of both a bosu and stability balls in his workouts.
You might want to check this one out also. I don’t really buy into all the stuff this guy does, but two of those guys, Tommy Rowlands and Joe Heskett are the number 1 ranked wrestlers in the united states at heavy weight and 163lbs respectively.
I think with any of this stuff if you use it as a tool, in it’s proper place and time, it can be very valuable. The problem is when people start forming mini cults with this stuff and become known as the stability ball guy, the bosu guy, and the I’m too bad ass to use any of that crap guy.
It is a lot like the “I don’t do any direct arm work guys”. You could sure build a house with just a hammer and saw, but you can build a much nicer house if you use all the tools available.
Granted, the ball and bosu probably only consist as small part of Pfisters workout (he was pulling something like 700lbs for reps in dead), but he still uses them.
For the record, I am a trainer in Princeton New Jersey and I can attest to the Bosu Abuse that I see every day. In fact, some of the crap I see would make the average member of T-Nation throw up. I have seen guys doing single leg, bent over dumbbell flyes while standing on an upside down bosu.
I personally am sickened by this more than the average guy here because everyday that type of crap takes money out of my pocket because it is the in thing to do and it works your “core” and develops “balance”.
I refuse to buy into that bullshit and I pay a price for it since people who want that crap will go elsewhere for it, even though in my opinion 90% of that shit is worthless and even dangerous.
But, I still encorporate some Bosu and ball work into my sets in addition to dips, lunges, chinups, squats, and pushups.
Like I said, there is a proper time and place for most things in training, part of being good is being able to recognize when that time is.