Advanced Stability Ball Abdominal Exercises
Advanced Stability Ball Abdominal Exercises: Piques
This exercise is a natural progression from the stability ball roll-ins. The difference is that you keep your legs straight during this exercise.
Starting Position: From a push up position, place your feet on the ball. Keep your arms straight and your abs pulled in.
Form: Keeping your abs engaged and your legs straight, move your hips towards the ceiling. Hold for 1 second, and then slowly return to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: Getting into the starting position can be the toughest part of this exercise. If you cannot hold yourself in the push up position and place your feet on the ball, start by lying with your stomach on the ball and walk your hands forward until your legs are on the ball.
The further you roll out the more challenging the exercise becomes. The most challenging position is with the toes on the ball.
You must have good upper body strength to perform this exercise. If you can perform a few push-ups, you should be able to hold yourself in the start position.
Also, you must keep your abs pulled in as you extend your legs so that your back does not arch.
Advanced Stability Ball Abdominal Exercises:
This exercise directly works the obliques and the lower back. Of the stability ball abdominal exercises, most people feel the most direct work in the love handle area when they perform this exercise.
Starting Position: You may need to anchor yourself during this exercise by placing your feet against the base of a wall or firm object. Lie with you left side on the ball. Stagger your feet so that your right leg is in front of your left leg. Place your hands behind your head.
Form: Crunch your body to the right side, lifting your left side off the ball. Move in a straight line. Hold at the top for 1 second as slowly lower to the starting position. Repeat on the other side.
Personal Trainer Tips: Getting balanced can be a little tricky in the beginning, but as you practice you will be able to complete this exercise without wavering.
Just like other exercises that focus on one side at a time, you will likely notice that your range of motion and strength is better on one side. If there is a big difference or you feel pain on one side. Seek advice from a health professional.
The stability ball can be a fun and challenging way to work your abdominal muscles.
You can work your abs through a greater range of motion and improve your balance and coordination by using an exercise ball during your ab workouts.
Remember, these are advanced exercise so master the basics first. Click to view some basic stability ball abdominal exercises
Or check out these advanced isometric exercises on the ball.
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