Wall Squats with Stability Ball

An effective—arid fun—way to perform Squats is to use a stability ball. This variation not only works your thighs and buttocks, it also gives your core a good workout because it requires you to contract your ab muscles while performing the move. The stability ball also provides back support during the exercise.

Positioning

Stand with your back toward a wall and place the stability ball so that it is pressed between your lower back and the wall. Your feet should be placed about shoulder-width apart, with your weight on your heels as if you were about to sit on a chair. Keep your back pressed into the ball for support.

The Move

Bend your knees, keeping your core muscles tight. Lower your body so that your thighs are just parallel to the floor. Keeping your back pressed into the ball, return to the starting position. Repeat the exercise for the recommended number of repetitions.

Advanced Tip

As your thighs become stronger, decrease your pressure against the ball. This will increase the challenge to your lower body muscles.

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