There are 4 moves. 1) Step up on to platform with left leg. Stand on left foot as you do each exercise. 2) Perform 1 dumbbell curl. 3) Perform 1 dumbbell overhead press. 4) Lower weights and step down. Move slowly throughout each move.
EXERCISE GOAL: Maintain stability
MODIFICATIONS: 1) The higher the platform, the harder it is to maintain stability. Use a lower platform if needed. 2) Stand on one foot while performing the exercise without the platform. 3) Reduce the weight by using smaller dumbbells.
There are 5 moves in this exercise. Lie on the stability ball with feet hip width. Hold dumbbells with a pronated grip in the start position with dumbbells under shoulders. 1) Slowly bend elbows into a right angle while lifting dumbbells up. 2) Keep elbows at right angles and move weights up aligning dumbbells with ears. 3) Straighten elbows while pushing dumbbells forward, arms forming a straight line. 4) Pull elbows back to a right angle. This is the same position as # 2. 5) Lower dumbbells to the start position. Repeat additional rounds as desired.
TECHNIQUE: Keep shoulders away from the ears. Push front of the hips into the ball by maintaining glute muscle activation. Remain stable during each movement.
MODIFICATION: If the ball is too large, or the weight too heavy, you’ll have difficulty with stabilization. If your feet don’t touch the floor, select a smaller ball or remove some of the air.
Take a prone position on the exercise ball with feet wider than hips. Bend elbows and grip the workout bar wider than shoulder width. Slowly bring the bar toward chest and then release to the start position. Grip is pronated with wrists straight.
TECHNIQUE: Remain stable throughout.
MODIFICATION: If the ball is too large, or the weight is too heavy, you’ll have difficulty with stabilization. If your feet don’t touch the floor select a smaller ball or release some of the air.
There are 3 moves in this exercise. Lie on the stability ball with feet slightly wider than your hips. 1) Slowly raise arms up and outward forming a wide V-angle for one repetition. Lower arms. 2) Raise arms out to your sides forming a straight line for one repetition. Lower arms. 3) Raise arms in back of you forming a V-angle for one repetition. Lower arms. Repeat additional rounds of 3 movements as desired.
TECHNIQUE: Remain stable during each movement.
MODIFICATION: If the ball is too large, you’ll have difficulty with stabilization. If your feet don’t touch the floor select a smaller ball or release some of the air.
Bend knees. Stand on right foot. Have your partner stand to your right. Raise left foot off floor and toss ball to your partner. Perform desired number of repetitions. Then switch legs and repeat the exercise with your partner standing on the opposite side.
TECHNIQUE: Remain stable while maintaining neutral shoulders throughout the exercise. Keep chest up and toes pointed straight ahead.
MODIFICATION: 1) If you can’t stabilize, or absorb the weight during the catch, select a lighter medicine ball. 2) If the exercise is too difficult, bend knees and stand on both feet while tossing the ball to your partner.