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Jack Knife On A Stability Ball

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Jack Knife -- Stability Ball

Jack Knife — Stability Ball

You will need a stability ball for this exercise.

The Jack Knife exercise is great for your Core. Its hard enough just to stabilize your body on the ball, but we’re gonna add some movement to make it a harder exercise.

Begin with your hands under your shoulders, your back straight, bring your belly button to spine, your feet on the ball (hip width apart) and your knees straight.

Jack Knife Starting Position

Jack Knife Starting Position

While keeping your back straight and maintaining balance, roll the ball forward bringing your knees towards your chest.

**The biggest mistake people make with this exercise is that they allow their back to round when rolling the ball forward. Keep your head, mid-back and low-back in a straight line while attempting this exercise**

Stay balanced. Stay Focused. And just roll with it!winky emoji

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before

 

Forward Ball Roll

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Forward Ball Roll

Forward Ball Roll

This is a great exercise for your core. Like the Plank exercise, this will work on stability and strength of your core.

You will need a stability ball for this exercise.

You’re going to put a portion of your bodyweight on the ball, and because it will want to roll about, you will need to stabilize your core against this natural ball movement.

Start in a kneeling position with your forearms situated underneath your chest and also just behind the apex of the ball. Your hips should be flexed forward, but your back should still have its natural curves with alignment between your low-back, mid-back, and head.

You should also have your belly button drawn in throughout the Forward Ball Roll.

Roll the ball forward and stop at the point just before you lose form. Go to this end point and hold for 3 seconds, then return to the starting position. Breathe in when rolling the ball away from you and breathe out when rolling the ball back towards you.

Keep the weight evenly distributed between your two forearms and knees.

Perform 3 sets of 15 reps, at a tempo of 3 seconds to roll out, hold at the furthest position for 3 seconds and take 3 seconds to roll back to the original starting position.

Focus on your core. Focus on form.dance emoji

And Remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before

 

Shoulder Tap Core Strength

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Core Strength/Anti-Rotation

Core Strength/Anti-Rotation

 

How’re you at the Plank?

Its easy, you say? You’re at Master Level? boring

Well, lets take it up a notch.

In the Plank exercise, you’re working on the strength, stability and endurance of your Core (back & deep ab) muscles.

In the Shoulder Taps exercise, there are some key differences from the normal Plank exercise.

This Core exercise is not just considered a stabilizing or strengthening exercise, but its also known as an anti-rotation exercise.

Anti-Rotation exercises are those that make you fight to keep your midsection (abs, low-back, hips) from rotating. And, anti-rotation exercises are great for your body because it gives you better control and strength from the places that need it (Core & hips).

The Shoulder Tap exercise is going to make your midsection fight against the rotation of your own bodyweight, its going to burn calories, its going to create real Core strength, and you’re gonna know you’re working hard because this exercise is difficult.

Getting into the correct position isn’t tough, especially if you’re already good at the Plank. Checkout my Plank exercise checklist here.

Start in a Plank position. While maintaining all the points mentioned in my Plank article, take one hand and in a slow and controlled movement and bring it to your opposite shoulder as shown in the above picture. Bring it back down to the starting position. And repeat.

If you want to make this exercise even harder, place an object in front of you just inside your longest reach. Instead of bringing your arm back down to the starting position, try and do 10 reps of touching your opposite shoulder and then touching this object.  And keep the movement slow and controlled.

The goal through the Shoulder Tap Core Strength exercise is for you shoulders, torso, hips, knees, and ankles to not rotate at all.

Test out this killer Core exercise and lemme know if you have any questions!

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before