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What is an exercise ball?

Sometimes called stability balls and Swiss balls, these large, durable, air-filled exercise balls come in different sizes and colors. While most people use them for ab training, many incorporate free weights with ball training, using the ball as an unstable surface to strengthen the core muscles while working other body parts. It can be utilized for so many different workouts that everyone from boxers to the elderly use balls.

An exercise ball, also known as a Swiss ball, is a large, inflated, rubber ball that can be used for a slew of different exercises. This ball forces the body to stabilize on an unstable surface, and thus, makes exercises more challenging.

The exercise ball can be used as a progression from the floor to make the original exercise more challenging. For example, the pushup performed on the ground, will become more challenging when performed on the exercise ball.


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