The Fitball Abdominal Curl is a strength training exercise that primarly works the Rectus Abdominis muscle.
INSTRUCTIONS: Lie on the fitball with your feet on the floor. Place fingertips next to your forehead. Bring chin toward chest. Slowly round your back and curl up bringing the bottom ribs toward hip bones. The small of your back remains on the ball when you curl up, as shown in the video.
LEVEL: Ability to remain centered and steady on the fitball. Strong abdominals. Not for beginners.
VARIATION: To increase workload, point elbows outward. Use the strength of your abdominals to curl up, without pulling or yanking your neck.
MODIFICATIONS: 1) Cross arms on chest. 2) Reach arms forward with elbows straight.
PREREQUISITE: Basic Abdominal Curl without the fitball. LINK
CAUTION: To prevent loss of balance, do not allow your feet to lift up off the floor. Wait until you have experience using a fitball, before attempting this exercise.
EXERCISE DOs and DONTs – As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider