Hello and welcome everyone to another edition of Fey Fitness! Today I am teaching you how to do a beginner level hamstring and glute workout called a Stability Ball Hamstring Roll-In. I know it’s a mouthful to say, but don’t worry, it’s an easy exercise that is well worth your time! In addition to working the back of your legs and booty, this exercise is perfect for increasing your balance and stability- which leads to better functional mobility in your everyday life.
Also, this exercise is perfect for those of us with Atrial Fibrillation, as it will not spike our heart rate during the movements. Just be careful getting down onto the ground and back up again if you have severe AFib, or problems with your blood pressure. Remember, slow and steady wins the fitness race!
Why Do a Stability Ball Hamstring Roll-In?
• The Hamstrings are responsible for much of the stabilization of the knee. So we want strong hamstrings to protect our knees from injury or strain.
• Our hamstrings are responsible for knee flexion and extension. Meaning, they help the knee move through a full range of motion.
• These muscles are built for speed. They help athletes stop suddenly, then change direction and run again. So anyone playing a sport that requires quick stops and sudden acceleration needs a healthy and strong hamstring.
• Your glutes (booty) are responsible for moving your hips and thighs, so these muscles need to be strong and healthy enough to provide functional and sport mobility. For example, climbing up and down stairs, getting in and out of chairs, or playing basketball.
• Improve your balance. You all know by now that I love exercises that increase balance, because it is so useful in our everyday lives. From simple tasks like getting out of bed in the morning, to walking down stairs, better balance means a better quality of life.
How to Perform a Stability Ball Hamstring Roll-In:
1. Begin on the floor laying on your back with your feet positioned on the stability ball so that when your legs are extended straight out your ankles and heels are resting on the ball.
2. Raise your hips off of the ground, keeping your weight on your shoulder blades and your feet. This should form a straight line from your heels to your shoulders by keeping your back straight and your core engaged. PRO TIP: Keep your arms outstretched on either side of your body with your palms facing the ceiling to balance yourself better.
3. Use your hamstrings and glutes to pull the ball towards your bottom (booty) as far as you can while keep your hips as high as possible in the air.
4. Hold this position for 1-2 seconds before rolling the legs back to the starting position outlined in Step 2.
5. Repeat Steps 2-4 for 15-20 reps and for 3 sets.
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