Strength Ball Training

A stability ball is also known as a Swiss ball, exercise ball or flexibility ball. It is a large, inflated, rubber ball which was originally created in Italy in the 1960s. It is based on the principle of extending instability or resistance which requires athletes to make use of their core muscles to attain balance. It helps develop strength and flexibility of those muscles. Strength ball training augments core stability of the body. A lot of emphasis is being laid on core stability exercises in contemporary times to fight injuries, enhance overall performance and develop strength.

Strength training ball exercises are very simple to do, but they add a level of intensity that a flat bench simply will not. Instead of doing regular crunches, why not try stability ball crunches? What about doing Pikes on the ball? You can even use the stability in place of smaller medicine balls. The possibilities are absolutely endless.

Strength Ball Training is a gimmick-free book based on scientific training principles. The authors are strength training experts who are well known throughout North America. Lorne Goldenberg has served as a strength and conditioning coach for four National Hockey League (NHL) teams, Team Canada’s hockey team, and football players in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He also lectures internationally on stability ball exercises and program integration.

Develop strength, power, coordination, balance, and core stability using the medicine ball and stability ball exercises included in Strength Ball Training. Preferred by elite athletes, fitness experts, and strength and conditioning specialists, these exercises train the body as a linked system rather than targeting muscles in isolation.

Student Objectives:           

Identify the goals of a warm up.

Identify the differences between establishing an exercise program for a child or young athlete compared to an adult exercise program.

Identify challenges and solutions to establishing an exercise program for an obese child.

Identify components in choosing exercises and progressions utilizing balance balls, medicine balls and BOSU Dynamic Stabilizing Load balls.

Because strength balls provide an unstable environment in which to train, they prepare you to meet the unique demands of the sport environment. By using stability balls in your training program, you can improve performance, reduce the risk of injury, improve balance, and build strength in the abdomen and lower back. Strength Ball Training presents 76 exercises that target all of the major muscle groups: Shoulders and upper back; Biceps, triceps, and forearms; Chest, Abs and lower back; Legs and hips. More than 140 photos show the precise steps in performing each exercise.