This exercise provided courtesy of Billy Polson, founder and co-owner of DIAKADI Body training gym, voted best personal training gym in San Francisco by CitySearch in 2006.
This Pilates-based exercise will help strengthen your core and train your balance and coordination.
Lie on the floor on your back. Hold a stability ball between your feet with your legs extended out along the floor and place both arms over your head (see Photo 1).
- From the starting position, raise your legs up over your body as you raise your arms to meet your feet (see Photos 2 and 3).
- At the top of your motion, where your hands meet your feet, transfer the ball to your hands (see Photo 4).
- With the ball now in your hands, lower your legs as you lower your arms back to the floor behind your head (see Photo 5).
- Continue to transfer the ball between hands and feet for 20 repetitions (totaling 10 with the feet and 10 with the hands). Breathe regularly throughout the movement; exhale as your legs and arms rise, inhale as you lower them. Your lower back should remain against the mat throughout the exercise.