Unstable surface training is less prevalent now in general fitness than it was a few years back.
It was very difficult before to go into a gym and not see someone squatting (or god forbid jumping) on a BOSU ball.
General fitness trainers and clients were taking a rehab tool and abusing its use. This has made a complete mockery of what those exercises were intended to do.
One population in particular that I have seen stuck with the idea of balance training is hockey players. Hockey players are on the ice and the only thing in contact with it is a small piece of metal.
This does not really justify the use of training on unstable surfaces. Balance pads, etc. react to the body and move accordingly. Ice does not. It is hard, solid, and does not move. It is a stable base to push into.
I outline some other reasons why unstable surface training is not beneficial to hockey players in my latest article on STACK.
But this isn’t a chance for me to get on my high horse and bash on a particular type of training. I also go back and talk about the times where it is beneficial to use unstable surfaces.
Just because general fitness may have ruined the tools, it does not mean that all uses have been lost.
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