Monday, March 30, 2009

Focus + Focus = Success

Exercise Ball Workout

What will an exercise ball do for you?

Exercising with an exercise ball will :

1. Improve joint flexibility
2. Increase strength and balance
3. Improve posture and coordination
4. Keep you from getting bored with your regular exercise program

What can you do with the ball?

1. Stretches and warm ups
2. Ab and core exercises
3. Upper body exercises
4. Lower body exercises

Examples of exercises:

Upper body:

Ball push ups (my favorite)
chest press
seated bicep curls
inclined bicep curls
tricep curls

Abs and core:

Crunches (seated, lower ab lean, oblique crunch)
Sun and moons

Lower body:

Hamstring curls

These are just some of the exercises you can do with an exercise ball. There are so many variations, you can even make up your fun is that! I use the ball as an exercise bench and do seated shoulder presses, bicep curls and tricep exercises with weights and bands. Most balls come with instructions and you can also buy videos at

An exercise ball is a great tool to have at home to change up your exercise routine. Remember, your muscles get bored too and when they do they don't make any progress.

Remember always stay focused on your form (a mirror helps with this) and always breath during exercising.....exhale on exertion.

As always consult with a physician before starting any exercise program.....Good luck!!!