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August 10, 2005

EASY HOME EXERCISE: Core Ball Abdominal Crunch

This exercise is great for strengthening the abdominals. By using the core ball, it adds resistance to your basic crunch. The core ball is similar to a medicine ball (weighted ball), except it has handles on either side of the ball for functional uses. To perform this exercise correctly:

1. Start by laying on the ground, legs bent, and feet flat on the floor, holding the core ball with your arms extended in the air (above the chest).
2. Begin the motion by keeping your chin up to the ceiling and lifting your shoulder blades off the floor, contracting the abdominals. Keep your arms straight and the ball directly above the chest, aiming the ball to the ceiling and not toward your knees.
3. If at any time your neck begins to hurt, discontinue with the core ball and put hands behind your neck. Make sure you don’t “tug” on your neck. Your hands are there merely for support.

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Posted by Dallas Personal Trainer at August 10, 2005 09:18 AM

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