Push Up Plank w/ Stability Ball

Intermediate Level of Difficulty

The push up plank on the stability ball is an intermediate core exercise. This exercise requires a great deal of strength and coordinattion in order to be done safely and properly.

MUSCLES ENGAGED


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Abdominals

The abdominal muscles (abs) provide movement and support to your core area. The deeper and closer to the spine the particular abdominal muscle is, the more effect over body posture it will have, and this often contributes significantly to a healthy back.

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Obliques

Many people put a lot of focus on working their abs but forget their surrounding neighbors; the oblique muscles. Obliques serve as stabilizers, and are used in almost every physical activity. Exercising your obliques should be a very important part of your workout program.

Equipment Used


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Stability Ball

A stability or exercise ball is a ball constructed of soft elastic and filled with air until firm.Most stability balls range from a diameter of approximately 35 to 85 centimeters (14 to 34 inches).

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Bench

A weight training bench is a piece of equipment that has a resemblance to a normal (e.g. park) bench, but is cushioned and designed for use in the weight room.

Exercise Instructions


push up plank w/ stability ball - step 1

Step 1

Start by placing your handas on the sides on teh stability ball. Keep your shoulders over top of your wrists and place both feet up onto the bench.

push up plank w/ stability ball - step 2

Step 2

Keep your hips down and tucked and your belly button sucked up towards your spine.

push up plank w/ stability ball - step 3

Step 3

Holds this positiona s long as you can without exhausting your abdominals and engaging the muscles of the lower back.