An exercise ball focuses on your stabilizer muscles allowing you to frame your abs and build up strength to reveal your abdominal muscles and tone your core. Focusing on these areas increases your balance and reaction time.
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Exercise Ball Benefits And Tips

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Throwing an exercise ball into the mix of your workout routines will promote your stabilizer muscles to strengthen, which will help reveal your abs and tone your core. Stabilizer muscles are the foundation of what your abdominal muscles rest on.

There are some people that have large six pack abs, but no stabilizer muscles. The result is that you are not able to see their six pack abs.

This is why it is very important to work your entire abdominal region and not just focus on crunches or sit-ups.

Before we get into the exercise ball, let me give you an example to describe how your stabilizer muscles work. The best way is to imagine you are putting biscuits on a cooking sheet.

The biscuits would act as your abdominal muscles, and the cooking sheet would act as your stabilizer muscles. The point of the stabilizer muscles is to keep your abs on the surface near your skin to show off your abs.

If you put these biscuits on the cooking sheet and then look at it from the side, you will notice that they are sticking out above the cooking sheet. Now lets say you were to put those same biscuits on a flimsy surface that stretches. For example, a stretched out exercise band that no longer provides any resistance.

When you put the biscuits on the exercise band, you will notice that the biscuits sink down below the side plane of view. In turn this resembles six pack abs without stabilizer muscles. The bottom line being that without exercising your stabilizer muscles, you will never be able to see your abs.

This is where the all mighty exercise ball comes into play. Because of its sphere shape, your entire core has to remain flexed in order to keep you balanced on the ball. Doing crunches on a ball is more effective than crunches on the floor because you will be working your upper abs and obliques, compared to just your upper abs.

The more muscle groups you can target with each crunch, the more effective the exercise will be. There are many effective ways to use an exercise ball, and below are some tips and tricks to really work on making your mid section tone and sexy.

Exercise Ball Exercises

Exercise Ball Crunch Finishing Position

There are two main exercise movements that are used to work your stabilizer muscles when you do a six pack abs or flat stomach workout.

The first movement is called the exercise ball crunch. As I just mentioned before, this gets your body up in the air and works your muscles harder because you've got to balance on the ball.

In order for you to balance on these types of balls, your abs must always be flexed.

If your abs are not firm, you will fall off of the ball because of the inability to stabilize the movements of the ball. This is an exceptional way to work out your obliques and stabilizer muscles.

The other movement is called the exercise ball plank. This modified form of the plank is similar to the basic plank. The main difference is that your toes are now on top of the ball, instead of being on the ground. The best way to describe this exercise is that you are in a push up position with your toes on the exercise ball.

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This is a very hard exercise to do and can really only be done if you have been doing other core exercises first. Although you don't have to be in perfect shape to master this balancing act, prior abdominal strengthening will be a huge assistance to being able to hold this static position.

If you find that you are having problems staying on the ball, find a gym partner. Your gym partner will hold onto the ball while you get into the plank position. Once this is completed, your gym partner will slowly let go of the ball and let you do all the work.

If you abs are not able to keep you suspended in the air, then your gym buddy will stop the ball from rolling too much so your abs will get some what of a workout.

With practice, you will be able to master both of these core exercises. Each exercise will increase your abs strength allowing you to move to even more advanced exercises in the future. For other great abdominal exercises, I recommend reading The Truth About Six Pack Abs.

Exercise Ball Out Of The Box Thinking

What many do not realize is that there are many ways to use an exercise ball when you aren't working out. If you put some thought into it, you can really get some great benefits from keeping the ball around you for a large amount of time.

The rapidly growing popular way to use a ball is to replace your chair with an exercise ball. This means instead of you sitting on a chair while you are on the computer, you sit on a fully pumped ball. Although this isn't an actual workout, because your body will continuously be adjusting to balance on the ball, your abs will be getting a workout.

Don't expect simply sitting on the ball to bring out the full potential of your mid section, but it will assist you in burning off belly fat to help you reveal your flat stomach and six pack abs. The longer your abs stay flexed, the faster your tummy will tone.

Another way to use an exercise ball is to use it as a foot rest. If you are already comfortable in a chair, instead of having your feet curled up on the chair or on the ground, straighten out your legs and rest them on the ball. Although this isn't as effective as actually sitting on the ball, you will be working the stabilizer muscles in the lower part of your abdominal region.

The number of ways you can use these balls are practically endless. Just be creative and think of some fun ways to safely balance on it. Then without even thinking about it you will be multitasking because you will be getting your work done and toning up your six pack and flat stomach abs.

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