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Stability Ball Exercises

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM filed under Exercise & Fitness postings
I tought my stability ball class today and tried to enter all of the exercises that we did to day, but many of them are not on the list of exercices. I am working on getting some free time in the studio to set up the camera and get some of my routines on the ball on camera so I can pass them on to others.

After I had my twins I got back into the gym and lost all the "baby weight", but my midsection was not returning to it's original form. I was doing step aerobics, running about 15 miles a week, and weight training 3 to 4 times a week. I took a Pilates class at the local Y and was introduced to a few exercises on the ball. None of them seemed challenging enough, but I got the concept of the ball and started practicing with it at home and in the gym.
I transfered gyms when we moved, about a year ago, and presented the idea of a stability ball class to my new Coordinator. The class started with a couple of days of 4 or 5 members attending, and quickly grew to 16 to 24 or more participating! Week after week I had members coming up to me telling me how amazed they were with the difference they saw in their midsections after just a few classes.

I love showing everyone the benefits of working on the ball and introducing something new and challenging to their fitness routine, but reaching out to mothers frustrated with their tireing efforts is especially important to me. Now, that's not to say I can use this "magic" ball to wipe away any stretch marks or fill those boobies back up, but we'll work on pulling everything in where it used to be for the sake of the flat tummies we all want underneith our clothes!!

As soon as I get my head together and remember to pack everything up AND find time in an empty studio I will get some of my routines up for you to practice. The balls are inexpensive and you can find them at Wal-Mart, Target, Academy, even Marshall's!

*Be sure the ball you're purchasing is the right size. You should be able to sit on top of the ball with your feet on the floor, forming a 90 degree angle behind your knees. People under 5'6" will most likely need a 55 cm ball, and taller people will probably be more comfortable on a 65cm ball.

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