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Does your workout have balls?

Updated on June 12, 2015

Stability balls are great tools for your workout that are affordable. People buy a lot of gimmicky abdominal training tools from infomercials for more money than these gym staples. To see what is real or not for abdominal training go to a gym and see what the professional trainers use. This article will show some tools to help you get Abtastic results! I hope everybody knows great looking abs need a combination of diet and exercise. These tools help build great abdominals, watching what you eat helps show them off. There is my full disclosure statement, since I took a shot at infomercials I do not want to mislead like them.

Some basic exercises on the stability ball;

  1. Abdominal crunch = Sit on the ball and slowly roll down the ball until it hits the small of your back. Put your hands behind your head with closed fists (to stop you from pulling on your neck). Pull your belly button in and tighten your abs as to brace for a punch in the gut. Do a small crunch and pull your upper back off the ball slightly. This exercise can be modified with weights as you get more advanced.

  2. Reverse ball crunch = Lye on your back squeezing your stability ball between the feet and butt. Tighten your abs like in exercise one and bring your knees toward your chin. This exercise will strengthen your lower abs.

  3. Russian twist = Sit on the ball and roll out until the ball is between your shoulders. Your body should be flat like a table. Press your hands together in prayer position and straighten your arms out. Keep your shoulders stable and twist your rib cage approximately 45 degrees to the right, and then left. As you improve you can add a medicine ball or kettle bell to the exercise. This will work your love handles or oblique’s.

This is just three of the many great exercises you can do with a stability ball. A strong core is a very important thing for day to day life not just for eye candy!

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Hello Sunshine and thanks for the read. I will look for your chasing balls hub. Playing catch with the granddaughter is more important but adding the stability ball could make you feel better when you do it.

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Thanks Wesman, it looks like you could use some rain so it wont be so dusty on a bike ride. Stability balls are a great in-expensive tool.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Bouncy title!!! Informative hub...I have a stability ball but I should use it more for exercising instead of playing catch with my granddaughter! Thanks for the pointers. I actully wrote a hub with a similiar idea in mind on a dare ... "we do spend too much time chasing balls" and I went with it.

      Voted UP and awesome!!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      LOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      The title (and some of those totally sweet thigh shots) - total win!

      I just can't wait for it to cool on down some in Tejas - so I can go biking every day again.

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      The third one is great and once you get good at it you can add a resistance tube to increase the intensity. http://www.fitnessexperts.com/products/Smart-Weigh... Thanks for reading.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I love stability balls... I think I have 3 of them, although I am not sure why I have collected so many of them when you really only need one. I am definately going to have to try doing the third exercise... that sounds like a killer! And boy do I need a killer workout for those love handles!!

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      It is Sally twice as hard as most because she is a Identical twin.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      ghome - Glad to hear about your daughter AND college. It may be heard for you - though. To see her go. Good luck!

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Thanks for the comment Sally. She is doing well now, she has been doing well with diet and exercise. She will be going away to college next year that will be a test for sure.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. Those balls are deadly!! I saw in your bio that your daughter is suffering from some medical conditions. I hope she is continuing to make progress.

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Thanks Charmgirl the burst resistance ones are the best if you lift weights on them.

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      charmgirl 6 years ago

      Must get myself one of these.It seems there are more to choose from on your Hub than in my local shops-thanks

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      ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

      Thanks Stacie. My only fear is the kind of people that come to my hubs from Google!

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      Stacie L 6 years ago

      well,you had me at the title.lol

      good information!