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Fitness balls are often used as part of a Pilates routine, and some types of fitness balls are called Pilates balls. There's no 'one and only' Pilates ball, but the ball most often used in Pilates exercises is a small ball approximately 9 inches in diameter, such as the FitBALL® Mini.
One way to work a Pilates ball into your home exercise routine is by using the ball to add resistance to a standard crunch. Here's how to do it:
-Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
-Place a Pilates ball between your upper thighs, just above your knees.
-Cross your arms over your chest.
-Lift your torso up into a crunch, keeping your head in line with your spine, and squeezing the ball with your thighs.
The small size of a Pilates ball makes it a handy piece of home exercise equipment, and it's good for travel, too.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|