do those exercise balls do anything?

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  1. TheProwler

    TheProwler Active Member

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    I always see trainers showing chubby women how to do bicep curls while sitting/kneeling on all sorts of different rubber balls. Do these things have any purpose at all? or is it just to make people feel like the trainer is showing them something complex?
     
  2. maks

    maks Bah! t(-_-t)

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    I see a different exercise on the ball everytime i go to the gym. Many just look useless :ugh:




    I find them good for crunches though.
     
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    Great for crunches
     
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    trainers are fucking stupid, they always show complex movements to people who just need to do the most basic shit to see big results due to their complete lack of physical conditioning. fat middle age women with no muscle and they have them doing crazy shit all the time,,,,fucking morons
     
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    oh, yeah, crunches. I've even been known to prop my legs up on those bad boys for that purpose.
     
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    if nothing else, they take up space
     
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    Personal trainers are just... meh.
     
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    by putting yourself on a balancing ball it just forces you to use your muscles to balance. It activates all sorts of different muscles. The trainers use them to make the isolated exercises more compound by putting them on a ball.
     
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    They use them on fatties to stimulate all sorts of stablizing muscles. The same muscles you and I stimulate(more) by doing squats and deadlifts and such.

    I think they are useless to anyone truely serious, but for the common new years fatty it gets them sore enough to feel like they've accomplished something.
     
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    doing incline push-ups on them are fucking killer...so much stabilization required

    start by trying it with the ball up against a wall, if that gets too easy, try it without the wall
     
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    it's much harder to do an exercise while trying to keep your balance, hence when you use an exercise ball, you're recruiting muscles that help stabilize you therefore strengthening them.

    they're not useless
     
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    Wow what great advice or I should say a great addition to this thread! Wow you know how to make that post count rise
     
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    they're very overrated, and I don't believe in any exercises standing on a dyna disc/balance pad, unless you're rehabbing
     
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    yoga ball is good for crunches. i also like using it to stretch my back.
     
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    Hood Moses I part the Black Seas...

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    I saw a guy doing rows will on one of those half balls, he almost lost it into the rack a couple times.

    Beck on topic, I think the balls are retarded.
     
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    when my buddy played football for FSU, he told me they used the balls instead of the bench a lot times...he said doing dumbell presses and shoulder presses on a ball gave a whole new meaning to stabilizer muscles....
     
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    I see a few strong guys getting really awesome workouts using them. They're professional athletes of sorts and their balance is unreal. Sweating like fucking crazzzyyy from having to balance while doing everything.

    I think their MMA fighters but I'm not positive.


    edit: but oh yeah, most people do RETARDED shit on them. I just sit on them in between sets in the ab area sometimes.
     
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    I do know a pretty strong guy who used them for that reason.

    And unless you're a top athlete of some sort, I have a feeling that it doesn't make much of a difference. It's more important just to go to the gym regularly. In that sense, I feel like the trainers (at my gym anyways) are almost doing people a disservice, because the people probably think exercise is more complicated than it is, so if they can't afford the trainer, they don't bother going.
     
  19. <Mark>

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    we use them alot for core exercises.
     
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    i have one at home for stretching my back and crunches. i'll use them at the gym for crunches and to vary my routines. i'll do alternating arnold presses, db curls, db press/flies, etc. to mix it up.
     
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    mine makes for a great computer chair and I bounce on it all the time
     
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    I use them for flys.
     
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