This move is not for the faint of heart. It’s tough to say the least. I’ve been actively doing this move since June of 2014 – and I can say wholeheartedly it works. You need to have great – perfect form to make it work though,
Using a stability ball allows you to work the same muscle groups as the machine leg curls and more. It’s a great functional workout for your glutes, hamstrings, hips, calves core and abs that challenges your balance, stability and strength.
Ditch the leg curl machine in your leg workouts and perform the lying leg curls on a stability ball to work the hamstrings and glutes. Unlike the leg curl machine that only works the hamstrings, this leg exercise requires both knee flexion and hip extension, engaging both the glutes(butt) and hamstrings. It’s a lower body exercise that give you more bang for your buck.
It’s also an effective leg workout that busts your cellulite in the back of your legs and perfects your bikini look.
Because this leg curl on a ball is very functional and requires a significant amount of core strength to perform, if you are a beginner, start with floor glute bridge to build up the necessary strength to perform this workout. Most women who have been performing the leg curl exercise on the leg curl machine often struggle building strength in the glutes. By performing the glute bridge and leg curl on a ball, you will be able to strengthen your glutes and core.
Lying Leg Curls on Stability Ball:
Lie on your back on the floor with your lower legs and heels on an exercise ball. Stretch your arms out to the side with your palms facing up.
A. Tighten your abs and glutes, and then raise your hips off the ground until your body is in a straight line from your shoulders to your knees.
B. Without stopping, pull your feet toward you, rolling the ball toward your glutes. Slowly reverse the move to return to the starting position.
Susy Sedano is a Content Producer at Digital Wellness, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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