When using a stability ball it is important to follow these guidelines. They will ensure that you are performing the exercises safely and you are getting the most benefit from every repetition.
- Move in a slow, controlled manner.
- Maintain proper form with a neutral/pain-free trunk and neck position.
- Exhale upon exertion, inhale on return to start position of each repetition- this encourages trunk abdominal control and trunk stabilization.
- Move through full available range of motion each repetition.
- Avoid painful ranges of motion, postures, and positions.
When performing the stretching exercises outlined in the training programs, follow these simple rules.
- Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times on each side.
- Alternate stretches to each side to allow proper rest period.
- NEVER bounce while stretching.
- Stretch to the point of slight discomfort, but NEVER to pain.
- Maintain proper form to attain an effective stretch.
- Remember to maintain proper breathing
This week we will concentrate on exercises for the abdomen. By keeping this area flexible and strong you will reduce low back problems associated with the golf swing.
Lets Get Started!
Start: Lay your torso across the ball and place your hands on the ground for balance.
Action: : Slowly lift one arm and rotate to one side opening up the chest and torso until you feel a good stretch.
Finish: : Once you have reached a stable position and good stretch hold for 30 seconds. Slowly return to the start position and repeat. Repeat to the opposite side.
Tip: Keep your head in a neutral position and do not arch the back.
PRONE BACK EXTENSION
Start: Lay your torso across the ball and clasp your hands behind the head.
Action: Flex your buttocks and slowly lift your torso upward until you feel a good stretch.
Finish: Once you have reached a stable position and good stretch hold for 30 seconds. Slowly return to the start position and repeat.
Tip: If you find it difficult to maintain balance on the ball, spread your feet apart to just under the width of your shoulders. Your goal will be to execute the stretch with your feet together!
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Editor's Note: Kelly Blackburn has traveled the PGA Tour and Champions Tour circuits as a fitness consultant and trainer for 13 years. Kelly welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at BlackburnOnTour@aol.com. Visit KellyBlackburn.com to learn more about health and fitness for golf.