Hard CORE: Stability Ball "Dead Bug"

This exercise is far more challenging than it appears. Once you get past the challenge of balancing the ball on 1 hand and 1 shin, (opposite hand and shin, btw), you'll begin to feel the burn within the first 8 reps!

Without alternating, lower and lift your right arm and left leg for 10-20 reps, then repeat with the left arm and right leg. For your first go at these, I'd recommend 10 reps per set for 3-4 sets. As you get stronger and are able to keep your hips tucked forward longer, (no arch in the lower back), then increase to 15 or even 20 reps for 2-3 sets.

This movement is great for activating the core in your warm-up or adding into your abdominal training routine. Notes for form: - Slightly bend your knees (30-40 degrees, closer to 40 if your hamstrings lack flexibility). - Hands push ball against shins, shins push ball against hands - Opposite arm and leg lower & lift - No alternating.

Stay tuned - the next few weeks the Hard Core move of the week will be progressions of this exercise to intensify your workout and continuously develop your core strength.

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B Strong,

Cassie B.