On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 3 benefits of swiss ball training, as well as my concerns with adding swiss ball exercises to your workout program.
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So what do I think about swiss ball training, also known as the stability ball.
Do I use swiss balls and should you be using them to Live Lean?
Honestly, it depends on what your goals are.
Swiss balls are great for the following.
Unfortunately many people are very weak in their core.
I talked about this in my last video post when I compared the Standing Shoulder Press vs Seated Shoulder Press.
And I say unfortunately, because the role of the core is to move the spine in various directions.
Having a strong core is critical for pretty much every functional movement and sport.
Plus it’s nice to rock six pack abs on the beach.
Swiss ball training also creates a different stimulus on the body, thus can help you break out of workout plateaus.
Although you may not be able to lift as much, due to the swiss ball not being as stable, it will train your body to pull in more stabilizer muscles and strengthen them.
Strengthening these stabilizer muscles will help you lift more on the barbell flat bench press.
Another benefit of swiss ball training is having the ability to place stress on different points on the strength curve.
To show an example of this, here’s an exercise I learned from Charles Poliquin called the Lean-Away Eccentric Dumbbell Curl.
The Swiss Ball Lean-Away Eccentric Dumbbell Curl is a unique bicep exercise that helps target and activate the short head of the bicep.
To get started:
This unique swiss ball exercise will also give you a great pump.
Plus you won’t see many people at the gym doing it, so give it a try.
The swiss ball is just another tool in your fitness toolbox.
It’s just like the:
This means I don’t recommend you use the swiss ball exclusively for every workout.
People that over use the swiss ball tend to be weaker in the upper body since you can’t lift as heavy due to the instability of the swiss ball.
They also have less ballistic explosiveness due to the slow tempos required when doing swiss ball lifts.
This is not a good thing if you’re an explosive athlete.
So use swiss ball training as an occasional tool to keep your workouts fresh.
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