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5-Minute Beginner Abs Workout with Ball

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About This Workout
Whether you're new to exercise or a novice at working out with a ball, this workout is for you! Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 4 core exercises (plus a final stretch) for a complete abs workout.
  • Length: 5 minutes
  • Equipment: Stability ball
  • Type of Workout: Strength training (toning) & flexibility
  • Muscles Worked: Core (abs, obliques)
  • Fitness Level: Beginning to advanced; because this workout has few transitions, it may also be suitable for individuals with limited mobility.
  • Impact: No impact
  • Safety Precautions: If you're new to exercising with (or on) a stability ball, practice caution and progress to more challenging exercises only when you feel comfortable. For greater stability and to reduce your risk of injury, make sure your knees are positioned directly able your ankles (not above the toes) when lying on the ball.
  • Extra Tip: Only complete as many exercises as you can using good form, taking a break as needed. As you progress, try to finish the entire video.

Member Comments

  • If you use the search engine at the top of the Sparkspeople page you can look up stability ball. Coach Nicole has an intro video tell you what size ball according to height. Normally the stability ball packaging also states what size ball is appropriate for people. Hope that helps. - 4/8/2014 8:05:04 PM
  • i would like to know what size ball would be helpful and if this would work with someone having kyphosis at T5/6. Thank you. - 4/8/2014 11:04:36 AM
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    - 3/12/2014 10:01:08 PM
  • Yikies! I almost barfed after doing this work out. Boy, am I outta shape, I'm hoping it's do to finishing my workout and NOT because I'm a Fatty Magee :/ - 3/7/2014 5:41:32 PM
  • This was a great beginning exercise video using the ball! - 2/25/2014 1:37:29 PM
  • Wow! Greatly appreciated video - great place to start. Thank you, Coach Nicole! - 2/8/2014 12:07:51 PM
  • Coach Nicole never seems to age and so is her advice. I just bought a 55 cc ball from Weight Watchers because of having physical therapy. These are just a few of the exercises that can be done. Try not to let this ball gather dust now. It help me to accomplish exercises easier I think.
    - 1/22/2014 8:05:17 PM
  • This was good for me. I'm over 60 and very out of shape, but it felt great! - 1/22/2014 3:48:43 PM
  • I was glad to see the reference to vertigo. I tend to have vertigo seasonally. This workout did trigger it slightly. So seeing someone else comment to that was reassuring. I usually allow time for the vertigo to abate before changing motion--or trying to get up. Sudden positional change is definitely OUT when I'm experiencing vertigo! - 11/7/2013 5:17:40 AM
  • Love this workout! - 9/10/2013 5:35:38 PM
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  • i love this! so easy to work into my busy schedule! - 7/26/2013 7:37:13 AM
  • These are really great core exercises. I do have a question about adapting the core exercises for individuals with spinal alignment issues and or disk issues. Using the ball as in these exercises do pose a problem for these folks.

    Elizabeth R. - 7/22/2013 10:47:52 AM
  • I was just going to ask where are the answers to these questions. Message board.. Now I knowl.
    - 7/17/2013 10:14:21 PM
  • I too would like to know how to create a library of favorite videos for quick 5 or 10 min. workouts. This one is great! - 7/16/2013 11:23:44 AM