Move of the Week: Stability Ball Plank

I know, I know.

I’ve been completely slacking on my “Move of the Week” posts.  It’s because I ran out of pictures of myself doing random moves, and I’ve been forgetting to snap some at the gym after my workouts.

Lucky for you guys, Tim was a good sport today and snapped some shots after we got our sweat on.  People gave us weird looks, but oh well.

Let’s get back into this little series, shall we?

Stability Ball Plank

Step 1

Start by setting yourself up behind a stability ball with your forearms on the ball.

Step 2

Roll yourself out into plank position, supporting your body weight with your chest and forearms on the ball and your toes on the floor.  Then lift your chest off of the ball so your upper body weight is supported by your forearms.  Depending on your body size, you may only need to lift your knees up here.

Step 3

Keep your abs contracted and your back straight, eyes ahead of you.  Hold this position for as long as you can, building up as you get stronger.

If you’ve been doing regular planks for a while and are looking to challenge your core a little more, this move is for you!

(Like my blue pants??)

I did these as part of my workout today.  It looked something like this:

I did a 10 minute cardio warmup on the treadmill before busting through this circuit two times, then walking home.  It’s a good one!  Tim did this with me today and was drenched in sweat after.  Muahaha!

I definitely needed some more upper body in my life after so many leg intensive classes this week.  Some of the moves are difficult to do for 45 seconds, so in that case I counted by reps instead which ended up working out to about 45 seconds anyways.  Any questions on these let me know!  Highly recommend this as your weekend workout if you are looking for one!

What kind of planks have you been doing lately? 

I’m off to the grocery store — Tim and I are hosting dinner for our friends Cate & Joe tonight.  We are grilling kabobs and drinking beers!  Excited.  We haven’t hung out with them in FOREVER.

Have a fun Friday night, friends!