Friday, August 1, 2008

Fit 042: Leg Curl Variations with the Stability Ball

Hamstrings are a crucial muscle to overall body function and health. Yet the are often forgotten about! The hamstrings tie into lower back health and abdominal balance as well as posture and knee health. In podcast Fit 017 Leg training, you learned about the importance of the hamstring! It is worth listening to again!

Hamstrings can be worked with the leg curl machine, deadlifts, step-ups, squats and lunges, but a great burn can come from using the Fitness Stability Ball. Hamstrings can be difficult to target without machines, but the ball does the trick! Leg curls using the Fitness Stability Ball activate even more core and glutes.

When working out at home, leg curls can be intense on the ball! In this exercise sequence, you'll do leg curls with the butt lift and single leg curls. Regular leg curls are just as good too! You don't always have to do all of them! A few (2-3)sets of one exercise (10-12 reps) can be done per workout. Some crunches are thrown in the mix to give the legs a little recovery time between exercises.

This combo can be a mini workout or a personal training session. The full workout Ball Sculpt 1: Nothing But the Ball- Stability Fitness Ball Workout. can be purchased online at allinoneworkout.com and amazon.com.



Additional core and ab exercises can be found on Kira's other ball workout: Ab Sculpt & Yoga Stretch for Stability Fitness Ball

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