Stability Ball Exercises
Woodchopper Exercise on stability ball are performed by laying back on the stability ball.
"Woodchopper Exercise on Stability Ball"
This move is similar to the standing woodchopper exercise, only you're lying on a stability ball.
You'll be doing a diagonal crunch targeting your abs, especially your obliques.
Laying back on a stability ball engages your abs more than just laying on the floor. Holding a weight will targets your abs even more.
Be sure to keep your abs tight with your navel pulled in, towards your spine, as tight as possible. Don't hold your breath either, make sure
you breathe throughout the movements. Exhale on your way up and inhale on your way back down.
Since you're laying on a stability ball it's easy to get off balanced and wobble a bit. Just keeping the ball still works your abs, so try
to keep the ball as steady as you can.
Also, keep your movements slow and controlled.
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- Lay on the ball with your feet firmly planted on the floor (thighs should be parallel to the floor).
- Ball should be placed at about the middle of your back.
- Hold either a medicine ball or dumbbell with both hands (it should be light 3-8 lbs, no need to go heavy here).
- Keep both hands on the ball/dumbbell and lift your arms straight up over your right shoulder.
- Keep your abs tight and the ball steady.
- Bring the ball/dumbbell diagonally across your body while lifting your torso and reaching to the outside of your left knee.
- Raise ball/dumbbell back up over right shoulder and repeat.
- Repeat the exercise for a full set before moving to the other side.
- Repeat for 3-4 sets of 6-12 reps.
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