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Old 04-10-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Swiss Ball Push Ups

Just got myself a Swiss Ball to use in my stretching and conditioning

I cannot do a proper push up with my feet on the floor and hands on the ball - has anyone else had this problem - is there a technique to it

Today working out
Put my feet on the ball and did 20 push ups turned around put my hands on the ball and could not do one - went the the floor for normal push ups and did 20 so it was not muscle fatigue

I dont know if I need to pump the ball up more or just practice the technique - I got half way down and it was like all the small stabilising muscles were not strong enough for me to carry on

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Old 04-10-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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Ah, love it! Try almost Shuto style, with pressing the hands in from the sides of the ball. You might also want to do a plank variation with your feet up, and holding that half-way spot.

Other fun exercises include leg lifts while squeezing the ball as hard as you can (Try holding it with a squeeze while benching); and staying on the ball, without touching the ground, for as long as you can. (This I also use for breakfall practice.)

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Old 04-10-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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Ah, love it! Osu!
So I take it this is not an uncommon thing - Thanks for those ideas Dent I will start tomorrow and see how I go

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Old 04-10-2012, 07:40 PM   #4
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(...) it was not muscle fatigue (...)
It actually is both muscle fatigue and extreme weakness in all the small stabilizers...

Dent's advice is very good and will fry your pecs. planks and static holds are great too.

You can also jam the ball in a corner and do your push ups (it will be less taxing)

Use a chair, with one hand on the ball, and the other on the chair

in a plank position, from your knees with elbows/forearms on the ball, write every letter of the alphabet (this will fry your abs)


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in a plank position, from your knees with elbows/forearms on the ball, write every letter of the alphabet (this will fry your abs)
Nice, FredInChina! Collective works of Shakespeare next?

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:01 AM   #7
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Nice, FredInChina! Collective works of Shakespeare next?

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LOL... when it gets boring, you can spell all the techniques of every kata... that'll keep you busy for a bit


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LOL... when it gets boring, you can spell all the techniques of every kata... that'll keep you busy for a bit
J o d a n N u k i t e by any other name would burn those abs as sweet?

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:42 PM   #9
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in a plank position, from your knees with elbows/forearms on the ball, write every letter of the alphabet (this will fry your abs) Osu!
Had a good thirty minutes today trying out all the suggestions above
Has a lot of potential this and I look forward to making progress
The lack of flexibility in my wrists really shows up in somethings and I get quite a bit of pain in that area

I recommend everyone get one and give it a go

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Old 04-13-2012, 05:33 AM   #10
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I must say less than 48 hours after my initial experimentation with the Swiss Ball my core is very tender and I did not do any specific core work

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Old 04-13-2012, 05:52 AM   #11
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LOL... playing with the Swiss ball was specific core work!

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:41 PM   #12
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Found this workout and looks like some good exercise ideas here

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw5.htm

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Old 04-18-2012, 02:37 PM   #13
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Now this is squatting




think I might put this one on hold for a while

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Old 04-19-2012, 03:38 AM   #14
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Now this is squatting (...)
The jackass also post on internet!
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:06 PM   #15
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Ha Fred - I was laughing to myself thinking how does he get down if his mate walks away and leaves him there

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Ha Fred - I was laughing to myself thinking how does he get down if his mate walks away and leaves him there

I'd love to see the blooper reel of him getting up on there
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I'd love to see the blooper reel of him getting up on there
HA!
I think getting down is not a problem; grab some popcorn, it will happen, no matter what!



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