Thursday, September 6, 2007

Exercise of the Week!

Ball Reverse Lunge:
Starting Phase: Standing in an upright position with a staggered stance. Hips should be facing forward with elbows at 90 degrees, straight back, abs tight, and knees slightly bent. Rest back foot on the ball with shoelaces face down.

Action Phase: Fully extend the leg that is on the ball. Lower the body to perform a one leg squat. Bend forward slightly at the waist while maintaining a straight back to assist with balance. To avoid undue stress on the front knee, keep knee directly over the ankle. Return to starting position by extending the front leg and hip. Perform 10 repetitions, switch sides and repeat.
Benefits: Improves balance, posture, hip and thigh flexibility, and lower body strength.

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