Stability balls: You know them, you’ve used them, you probably have one collecting dust in your basement right now. And though we’re sure you’ve mastered the art of the stability ball crunch, there’s so much more this multitasking beach ball can do. Can it tone your arms? Yep. Torch your core? Duh. Burn those hammies? You know it. Rev up cardio? Absolutely. With a little knowledge, stability ball exercises can challenge every single major muscle group (while simultaneously improving your balance, coordination, core strength, flexibility and posture).
“Incorporating a stability ball into your workout will challenge you to use muscles you wouldn’t typically use,” Morgan Kline, co-founder and COO of Burn Boot Camp tells us, “such as your transverse abdominals,” those deep core muscles that are notoriously hard to target, “pelvic floor and lower back extensors. Use of these muscles will improve your core stability and balance while increasing the overall effectiveness of your workout.” And though its namesake suggests support rather than strength, research shows that exercises done on a stability ball are significantly more effective than those done on the floor. “In order to perform exercises with a stability ball, you have to engage and isolate a lot of muscles that aren’t typically used in bodyweight exercises.” So while you focus on sculpting those beautiful biceps, your rear deltoids are working overtime as well.