Inclined Dumbbell Presses on Stability Ball

by Anthony Carey, MA

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Inclined dumbbell presses on the stability ball require stabilization of the upper body against the stability ball while Anna presses the weight up on an incline. The stability ball gives us a bit of an angle for the inclination of the upper body relative to gravity acting on the dumbbell. She's got to stabilize through her lower body here on the ground as she pushes up, bringing the dumbbells together at the top directly over her chest perpendicular to the floor. If we wanted to progress this exercise for Anna, we would have her push with one arm at a time, which increases the torque and the rotation of the body that she has to control with the rest of her torso muscles. If we wanted to regress this exercise for Anna, we could have the ball against the wall or a partner could help stabilize it from the back side.

About the Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA

Anthony Carey, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA, owns Function First in San Diego, California. He holds a master?s degree in biomechanics and athletic training, and is an internationally-recognized speaker on biomechanics, posture, motor control and musculoskeletal pain and function. As a best-selling author, his work has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Anthony is also the inventor of the Core-Tex.