Get Fit: Stability ball exercises

By Chelsea Bishop

June 9, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Kristina Martemucci, personal trainer and general manager of the Riverwalk Athletic Club shows us how to work your core with a stability ball.

The stability ball is a great tool to use for instability. Doing anything on an unstable surface makes us use more muscles and work harder.

The first exercise requires sitting on the ball. Slowly walk forward, letting the ball roll up your back and stop when it comes about midway. The further the ball is away from your shoulders, the less support you're going to have and the harder it gets.

The second exercise is a crunch. Lay on the ball on your back and clasp your hands behind your head. From this position, sit up and try to keep a neutral spine. By doing it on an unstable surface, you're engaging more muscles around the core area.

Next exercise is a bridge. You want to be an inverse tabletop position so your knees, hips and shoulders are in one plane. Drop your hips to the ground, pressing through the heels, and lift yourself back up. This exercise works the lower back and glutes, stabilizing your core. Using the ball is creating more of a range of motion and also creating that little bit of instability, making more core muscles engage.

The stability ball is great for exercising at home. It's easy, lightweight and easy to store.

On June 21, 2014 from 10 am - 4 pm, the Riverwalk Athletic Club is hosting its summer fitness fundraiser that supports St. Jude Children's Hospital.

For more information on how you can participate or to do a flat donation, you can email Kristina Martemucci at Kristina@riverwalkac.com.