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The Stability Ball Side Crunch

By: Jodi Sussner, Director of Personal Training

The Stability ball side crunch is a great way to get up off the floor and get down with awesome abs!

 

This exercise is also a safe and effective way to keep the crunch out of your neck and lower back and puts the emphasis right where it counts.  Plus, a bigger range of motion from the ball, ensures that you hit those obliques hard.  Here’s how:

 

  • Sit the inside hip onto the ball, place your feet where the floor and wall meet. 

 

  • Make sure that the top leg is stepping back and the bottom leg is stepping forward.  This will encourage a gentle stretch at your hips and allow for better use of your obliques as a result. 

 

  • Place both hands behind your head and align yourself to face away from the wall.  Keep hips square and perpendicular to the floor. 

 

  • Stretch over the ball to one side, exhale and curl up toward the wall.

 

  • Repeat for 10-20 reps then flip to do the same on the opposite side.