The Abdominal Ball Crunch with Twist requires controls and strength to undertake. The ball provides lots of lateral movement that requires the core intelligence to work.
This exercise helps tone the tummy muscles as well as strengthening your spinal muscles that will manage, reduce or prevent back pain. It also provides the fundaments of good posture and aids in your balance.
Abdominals, Internal & External Obliques
Doing this exercise puts a lot of stress on the lower back, so you should avoid this if you have a back injury. If any pain is felt during the performance, end the exercise immediately.
Number of Reps and/or Length of Time
Step 1 Watch the instructional video, then read the following for clarification.
Step 2 Lie back on a Swiss ball with the ball should be under your hips and lower back.
Step 3 Bend your knees at a 90-degree angle. Place your feet on the floor about shoulder-width apart.
Step 4 Put your hands behind your head with interlaced fingers if you find this difficult cross your arms.
Step 5 Crunch your abs toward your knees and twist to the left. Make sure your back is still touching the ball.
Step 6 Release your abs from contraction and lie back to the ball.
Step 7 Crunch your abs toward your knees and twist to the right. Make sure your back is still touching the ball.
Step 8 Repeat Steps 5-7 to the number you feel comfortable
Step 9 Rest at the end of the reps and repeat.
- If you find it challenging with your hands on your head, do this with arms across your chest
- You can make it more difficult by placing the ball lower down on your hips.
- You may need something to hold your feet down, like a bench to keep you stable.
Choose a fitness regime that fits into your lifestyle. Though do try to make it at least 4 vigorous sessions of a minimum of 30 minutes each.
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