This is a core exercise which is a lot tougher than it looks.
If you have the core strength to do more advanced front plank type exercises then this is a good step up.
Not only do you have to use your abs whilst pushing back, as the ball will wobble, they're having to work extra hard to resist that.
If you struggle to do a full range repetition, you can shorten the distance you move to make this a bit easier.
Also, and this is important, if you feel your lower back taking over at any point, stop the exercise there - don't try and push through it.
Key Teaching Points
- Start in a press up position with feet on a stability ball and hands underneath shoulders.
- Brace abdominals very tightly. If the tightness goes or this is felt in the lower back then finish the exercise.
- Keeping the arms completely straight, breathe out and push your body backwards so it rolls over the stability ball. The further you push your body away from your hands, the harder this exercise will be.
- To return, breathe in and use arms to pull the body forward so it rolls back over the stability ball until the feet are back on the ball.
This is my, mostly, Personal Trainer musings and information which I hope you'll find helpful!