Stability Ball Hamstring Curls
Whenever your balance is challenged, your core engages to help you right yourself and regain your equilibrium. And if there were ever an exercise to challenge your balance, stability ball hamstring curls is it. “This exercise not only helps the abdominal area, but it also works the gluteal muscles and the hamstrings,” Brabham says. Essentially, it forces you to hold a glute bridge while simultaneously balancing your legs on an unstable surface while controlling the movement of your knees through a full range of motion. In other words, it’s tough and does wonders for your core.
To perform the exercise, lie on your back and place your feet on top of a stability ball with your legs straight. Place your palms flat on the ground beside your torso for support. Engage your core and lift your hips from the floor until your body forms a straight line from heels to head. From this position, press your heels into the ball and begin pulling them toward your glutes, rolling to ball toward you as you bend your knees. Slowly reverse the movement and extend your legs to perform one full repetition. Complete two to four sets of 10 repetitions.
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