Advanced Elevated Push Ups On An Exercise Ball
There are many different variations of this exercise starting from novice to more advanced methods. The video depicted is a more advanced method because I am not flat on the floor. My hands are placed on two single platforms that allows me to go beyond 90 degrees when I'm executing the exercise. I've also added extra resistance by adding a 45lb plate on my back that I also have to balance. Finally my toes are on the ball verses my shins adding extra difficulty. To do the basic method of this exercise. 1. Lie on the floor with your face down and hands flat on the floor. 2. Place your toes on the exercise ball or shins for beginners. 3. Push your body up so that you are elevated, and in push up position then lower yourself until your chest almost touches the floor. 4. Push back up, and as you come back into start position squeeze your chest. 5. Continue for the amount of repetitions set forth.
Now what is the purpose of doing an exercise such as this? Why not just do a basic push up? Because it's different, I like different, I don't like boring lol. No really the purpose is to activate those stabilizer muscles. Stabilizer muscles are the muscles responsible for keeping you steady and balanced. Without them you probably wouldn't even be able to get up in the morning, and do a number of things. You have to train those muscles in order to strengthen those stabilizers, which is why most trainers put great emphasis on the importance of using free weights instead of machines. Most machines are already stable, so all you have to do is push or pull. Free weight you have to control, stabilize, and push or pull the weight. In this video I'm using those stabilizers to not only balance on the ball, but to also balance the weight on my back. Give it a try and let me know what you think.