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. For this variation on the exercise, you’ll focus on passing the stability ball as quickly as you can while maintaining proper form.
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 quickly up over your body as you raise your arms quickly 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, quickly 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 as swiftly as you can for 20 repetitions (totaling 10 with the feet and 10 with the hands). Do not go too fast; only go as quickly as you can while maintaining form and control. 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.