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If you missed a week, here are the links:
Week One – Quads
Week Two – Core
Week Three – Triceps
Week Four – Shoulders
Week Five – Core, Back, Glutes
Week Six – Inner Thigh
Week Seven – Glutes and Hamstrings
Week Eight – Core
Week Nine – Calf Stretch (Deleted due to technical difficulty)
Week Ten – Core Exercise Using a Stability Ball
I spend about 20 minutes of my gym time using a stability ball. I showed you one of my favorite core exercises last week and I though I’d share another this week, the pike.
Start by getting your upper body in a plank position with your lower body balanced on a stability ball with the bottom part of your quad, your knee, and a bit of your shin on top of the ball. ((Just holding this position is a workout and would be a great starting point if you are just starting a core workout plan.))
Using your stomach muscles, pull yourself into a pike position. (I am afraid of heights and of falling and it took a long time before I had the nerve to try this exercise.) When I look at the pictures, I’m not so sure why doing it made me so afraid.
In the video below, I demonstrate the exercise pictured above, then I switch to an easier version where your knees are pulled into the body instead of extending into a pike position. I don’t have still pictures of this version of the exercise, but I think you can understand how to do it from the video.
As always, I love your feedback and I’m open to suggestions for ways to improve this series or to make it more helpful to you.