What is so special about those big rubber balls just lying about the floors of almost every gym out there? While they are quite fun to bounce around with, these balls, which are also known as stability balls, are made for more than your leisure. Through targeting the simplest of workouts such as push-ups, planks, and squats, and taking them to unfamiliar ground, you get more gains out of your exercises. These are a great tool to utilize when you’re actually trying to get back in shape after a serious injury that may have limited your movement for a considerable amount of time. The range of movement and exercise experience it creates allows for one that can cater to someone that has come to the gym after sustaining a serious physical injury for rehabilitation. It is simply a versatile and useful tool.
To make sure you’re getting maximum gains from your exercise ball workout, you must assure that you are using the correct sized exercise ball. Some exercises will be fine to perform with most sizes of exercise balls, but ideally, you would have the correct size for your height in order to facilitate a healthy workout experience. They are often sold in three varying measurements, with the optimal size based on the user’s height. 55cm balls are for those between 4’11” and 5’4”, 65cm for those from 5’4” to 5’7”, and 75cm for those between 5’11” to 6’7”. As a general rule, sit on the ball and see if the hips and knees form right angles with the floor. If they do, then it is the right size.