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Abs-olutely Fabulous: Ab-Toning Stability Ball Workout

Have a ball with this quickie workout routine to cinch and sculpt your sexiest belly ever.

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Wall-Up

What You'll Need: A stability ball and a wall

Targets: Abs and obliques

  • Place stability ball about 2 feet in front of wall.
  • Lie faceup on ball with lower back on its center, knees bent 90 degrees, feet flat on wall, calves parallel to floor.
  • Put hands behind head, elbows out to sides. Crunch up; lower. Do 10 reps.

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Pike Push

Targets: Shoulders, chest, abs, and butt

  • Stand with feet together, arms by sides. Hinge forward at hips and walk hands in front of you on floor until your body forms an inverted V with hands under shoulders, butt and hips raised toward ceiling, and back flat.
  • Lift left leg straight up behind you so it is in line with back, then bend elbows out to sides and do a push-up. Do 5 to 10 push-ups; walk hands back to start, stand. Switch legs and repeat.

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Crossing the Plank

Targets: Shoulders, abs, obliques, and legs

  • Place ball against wall, then lie on left side with hips stacked, left elbow under shoulder and sides of feet resting on top of ball, right leg crossed in front of left.
  • Slowly lift hips, forming a line from head to toe, and extend right arm toward ceiling.
  • Hold for 30 seconds; lower.
  • Switch sides and repeat.

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Side Wall Crunch

Targets: Abs and obliques

  • Place stability ball about 2 feet in front of wall. Lie faceup on ball with hips on its center, feet on floor about 3 feet apart, toes pointing to the left and soles pressing against bottom of wall.
  • Put hands behind head, elbows out to sides, and rotate torso so that upper body faces left.

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Roll and Reach

Targets: Abs, obliques, and hips

  • Lie facedown with legs together and arms extended over head, palms flat. Lift right leg off floor and roll over to the left.

FITNESS MAGAZINE, March 2010
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