Stability Ball Exercises

Pete’s approach to his clients personal training combines a focus on hitting client fitness objectives whilst utilising a variety of practical and effective gym equipment. This brings us nicely onto the stability ball. Exercise balls are terrific for developing balance and stability while making it easier to target specific trouble spots.

The ball is great for developing good muscle tone for your entire body, overall flexibility and your cardiovascular system by using a low-impact workout. There is a wealth of stability ball exercises which can be incorporated into training routines. ‘Ball Circles’ are a great way to begin to familiarise yourself with the ball:

Ball Circles
Sit on the ball and place the hands on the ball for balance or place them behind your head (more difficult). Slowly begin to roll the hips in a circle towards the right, making small circles and then, as you get comfortable, larger circles. Focus on contracting the abs each time you roll the ball forward. Repeat for 20 circles to the right and then the left.

Once the correct ball size has been determined you can start undertaking more basic moves – such as push-ups, squats, and planks. As your core strength improves reps and sets can be introduced which will ALWAYS depend on client fitness levels. As a guide though doing 3-5 sets of 10-20 reps is a good target.

The stability ball is such a simple yet versatile piece of training equipment that can be used to train your whole body with fun and innovative moves.

To book a session or for comments and questions call or e-mail me:

E-mail: pete@petegriggs.com. Phone: 07947 049889

Until next time keep training and keep Improving!

Pete Griggs

Please Read Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the above articles are those of the authors and theirs alone. Information in the articles is not to be taken as medical advice, please consult you doctor before undertaking any type of exercise programme especially if you have any medical conditions.