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Stability ball provides variety of ways to build core

You’ve probably seen them at the gym. You may even own one.

I bought my first stability ball so I could work my abs. It soon ended up in the corner of my bedroom, slowly deflating under a pile of clothes.

You might have a similar story. It wasn’t until I became a trainer that I realized the diversity and usefulness of the stability ball.

Among the many exercises you can perform on the stability ball are the crunch and the squat.

The stability ball is mainly used to condition the core because it forces you to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to stabilize yourself while performing the exercises. It also can be used to train the legs and the upper body.

The basic exercises can be adapted as your stability and core strength progress. I have used the stability ball to train clients of all ages. It allows for core strengthening while supporting the lower back. 

Your gym will have different sizes of stability balls. My rule of thumb is to find one that goes up to your knee while you’re standing. Choosing a ball that’s too big or too small will not allow proper alignment when doing certain exercises. 

Doing these exercises will help condition your core and lower body.

Ask a trainer at your gym if you’re not sure about your form when using the stability ball for the first time.

Chris Huth is a Las Vegas trainer. You can reach him at 702trainer@gmail.com. Before beginning any exercise program, consult your physician

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