Gym Ball Junkies
The gym ball adds a fun dimension to Pilates classes.
The gym ball is an excellent piece of equipment to challenge stability and balance. It also helps to facilitate shoulder and pelvic stabilisation. The ball can be used to tone and strengthen specific muscle groups and improve flexibility.
Here are some favorite exercises to try with the gym ball.
Remember to be careful if you have not used a ball before – they are rather unsteady to begin with!
Sitting on the ball in a neutral spine position, and feet hip width apart, fold your arms and twist from above your waist around one way and then the other to facilitate a stretch through the mid back while activating the core abdominal muscles.
Lying over the ball, lift opposite leg and arm to activate the posterior oblique sling and to progress this exercise from the matwork series.
Lying with your legs supported on the ball. Roll the ball away and peel the spine away from the floor up into a shoulder bridge.
Lying with the top leg supported on the ball, maintain a neutral spinal position and use the ball to assist you sweeping the leg forwards and backwards to activate the gluteal muscles, make sure you keep your back in neutral throughout the movement.
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