Ball Exercises for Weight Training

exercise ball Ball exercises have seen a dramatic increase in their use over the past 10-15 years. They are weight training exercises that are performed using an exercise ball (also called a fitness ball or a swiss ball). Invented in Italy in the '60s they were first used in Switzerland before being introduced in America in the '80s.

Invented in Italy in the '60s they were first used in Switzerland before being introduced in America in the '80s.

ball exercise Targets core muscles
The main reason ball exercises are becoming so popular is because they can target stabilizing (or core) muscles like no other weight training exercise can. Because you are placed in positions where you'll need to maintain balance your core muscles have no other choices but to kick in and make sure you don't fall off your position.

Low cost and small footprint
Performing ball exercises is one the cheapest ways you can exercise in weight training out there. The only thing you'll need is an exercise ball and you'll probably find one for under $30 at most retail or online stores. Also, you won't need a big workout area to perform ball exercises since the equipment itself is no bigger than a few feet, making them suitable for office and home use.

Versatility
As is the case with other weight training exercises that use free weights, it's outstanding to note the variety of different exercises you can reproduce using only a simple piece of fitness equipment. You'll be able to perform well over 40 different weight training exercises using an exercise ball.

Abdominal Ball Exercises

Abdominal Ball Exercises

Back Ball Exercises

Back Ball Exercises

Shoulders Ball Exercises

Shoulders Ball Exercises

Chest Ball Exercises

Chest Ball Exercises

Arms Ball Exercises

Arms Ball Exercises

Legs Ball Exercises

Legs Ball Exercises

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