Stability Ball Hamstring Curls

Beginner Level of Difficulty

This hamstring curl exercise uses the stability ball. Hamstring curls improve balance and stability.

MUSCLES ENGAGED


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Hamstrings

The hamstrings play a crucial role in many daily activities, such as, running, jumping, walking and cycling. Strengthening your hamstring muscles help to protect your knees from injury by absorbing the stress placed on the knee. Weak hamstrings can lead to knee injury.

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Calves

Calves (calf muscles) influence the ankles and contribute to overall ankle strength. Strengthening your calf muscles will help your balance and performing movements such as running, walking and jumping.

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).

Exercise Instructions


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Step 1

Lying on your back with both feet placed on top of the stability ball, bridge your hips up and hold position.

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Step 2

While maintaining a solid bridge, curl your heels in towards your buttocks.

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Step 3

Straighten legs back out to the starting position and repeat.