Swiss ball


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An air-filled ball constructed of elastic PVC which measure 35 to 85 cm (14 to 34 inches) which is used in physical therapy, athletic training, exercise and as an assistive device for weight training.

Swiss ball

An inflatable vinyl or rubber ball, used in exercise training, rehabilitation, and sports to treat low back pain or to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen and chest. Synonym: balance ball; fitness ball; stability ball
See also: ball
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Increased deltoid and abdominal muscle activity during Swiss ball bench press.
Evaluation of functional and neuromuscular changes after exercise rehabilitation for low back pain using a Swiss ball: a pilot study.
Looking at the group mean activation levels and the statistical analysis the reader (and author) is led to conclude that the instability of the Swiss ball causes increases in muscle activation of the triceps and rectus abdominis muscle.
(14) reported similar electromyographic (EMG) activity in the anterior deltoid and pectoralis major during 3 repetitions at 80% of 1 maximum repetition (RM) on a bench and Swiss ball. Anderson and Behm (2) reported lower isometric strength on US (at ~60% of 1 RM).
(2010) Core muscle activation during Swiss ball and traditional abdominal exercises.
He's also in the book for standing on a Swiss Ball for the longest time at Stonehenge, balancing a pool cue while walking the longest distance at the Pyramids in Egypt, skipping rope the most times in a minute while jumping on a pogo stick at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and bouncing the fastest mile on a space hopper along the Great Wall of China.
This is a regular push-up, except that you do it with shins placed on a Swiss ball. Keeping the feet higher up will build endurance for the conventional missionary pose.
The Swiss ball Y raise This exercise targets the lower back and is a good add-on to a training routine which works when coupled with abdominal training.
A Swiss Ball is great fun and can even be a relaxing exercise while sitting at the computer to get your twitch muscles activated," Karl said.
That said, it was always a relief to see the friendly face of Paula Denvir, who made us laugh as we burned calories and toned up during aqua aerobics in the villa's pool, and Swiss ball and pilates sessions.
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