Unstable Training, Unstable Results

Keith Scott goes into the history, and provides criticism of unstable training (eg. boshu balls).

If you are trying to increase your strength, unstable training not only is a waste of time, but can actually be a detriment to your gains. You cannot possibly get stronger when you are squatting on a Bosu ball. You feet need a solid, stable surface to be able to increase loads progressively that will cause strength increases. Training on an unstable surface will not allow you to do this and will even make your weaker in the long run. Besides lack of strength increases and getting weaker, it also sets you up for injury. I have rehabbed many injuries that were caused by unstable training accidents.

Amen, brother.  He rightly mentions that it has its place in rehab settings, but it should be kept out of an athletes general program.  Remember that if you find yourself hiring a trainer at a big-box gym and he asks you to do overhead-lunges on a medicine-ball covered in oil.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by tarosaij on July 6, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    unless it’s extra virgin olive oil, because that’s good for you.

    Reply

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