WAY too expensive is right! But if you already belong to a gym, have them get some of those instead of more video screens for the cardio area.
One thing that the presenter said really hit a note. He was talking about developing agility, which can be defined as the ability to change direction without the loss of speed, balance or alignment. When Bode Miller catches an edge and recovers, this is agility, and we regard it as an elite athletic skill.
But equally impressive is the 70 year old walking across the icy ski village in their ski boots, and is able to find their balance after almost slipping on ice. This should be a goal for our students in the future.
Another interesting thing. We had to do a jump while on top of the Bosu, without losing alignment. I recall doing such things on the flats in my early ski classes. If we could'nt do the jump, we were probably in the back seat.
Every season, many gyms embark on pre ski conditioning programs, some of them geared towards never ever. The problem is, some of the people teaching these programs have never skied a day in their lives. So the participants end up doing stsic wall sits and leg extensions, which may improve skiing endurance, but do nothing for the neurological learning involved in ski technique. Incorporating something like Bosu would be far more effective.
Nettie, your reply brought a smile to my face. One of my biggest problems in learning to ski is that my workouts are actually far more strenuous than an average ski day. As a result, I often end up working much harder than I need to on the slopes!