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Jul 14, 2011

Get Bouncing With Fun Gym Ball Exercises

If you are looking to put a little excitement into your workout routine, gym ball exercises will do the trick!
The very fun nature of bouncy gym balls make it impossible to have a boring session.
[Gym ball exercises can be alot of fun! Especially when you do it in groups. Then you can laugh and point when someone else falls off!]
Keep reading to learn how to have fun and burn calories with gym ball exercises…
You might fall on your butt or get way off balance, just laugh it off! Have fun!
Even if all you do is put the right music on and start bouncing all over like you were 10 again you would still get a good exercise.
But, to really benefit from a great workout routine to firm you abs, butt, legs, and arms from a gym ball, there are unique moves you can do and we will show you some of the most popular and also some that aren’t so widely known but just as effective.
Before we get to that, however, there are some great gym ball exercises that you can do at work or while sitting watching TV that can help you to tone will you are busy doing something else.
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Here at TFLA we like to help you find ways to make it easier to fit fitness into your life. Here are a few easy ways to do that using a gym ball:
  • Bounce on the ball while you are watching TV. You will burn calories and tone your abdominals and quads.
  • Squeeze the ball between your knees while you are at your desk. This will tone your inner thighs.
  • Sit on the ball and create circles with your butt keeping your chest as still as possible. This will help to create a smaller waist and work the hips.
  • Place your hands firmly on the ball in plank position. Hold for as long as you can during commercials.
  • Hold the ball between your hands and squeeze it as hard as you can. Release and repeat.
Great Gym Ball Exercises for All Over Body Toning
Gym Ball Crunch: This is just what it sounds like. Prop the ball right above the small of your back and plant your feet on the floor. Contract your abs and crunch it baby!
Gym Ball Push Ups:
This would have been a great addition to my creative push up workout article from last week. You can make these elevated or decline push ups. For the elevated push up you simply push up off the actual gym ball. For a decline push up, you prop your feet on the ball and push off the floor.
Gym Ball Bridge:
Lie on your back, knees bent, and heels on the ball. Keep your knees bent but bring your butt up off the floor until your body is aligned from knees to shoulders. You can switch things up by extending one leg up and bridging with the other leg.
Gym Ball JackKnife:
Lie on the ground with your arms extended over your head and your legs completely extended about shoulder width apart. Hold the ball in your hands. Bring the ball up as your bring your legs up and pass the ball from your hands to between your feet. Bring the ball to the floor with your feet and repeat. Only this time pass it back to your hands. This is a great upper and lower abdominal exercise.
Gym Ball Tricep Extension: Hold the ball between your hands behind your back. Squeeze the ball tight and lift up.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the great gym ball exercises that you can do at home or at the gym. The greatest thing about gym ball exercises is that they are more challenging because not only are you doing a strength exercise but you also have to constantly engage your core to stabilize yourself and keep your balance.

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