Military Press Prone on Stability Ball with Dumbbell

by Anthony Carey, MA

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The military press prone on the stability ball goes through the movement of what a traditional military press is, but you'll be orientated horizontally on a stability ball and gravity is acting down on the weights instead of really working the tops of your shoulders. The whole posterior aspect of the shoulder girdle is challenged here. First, push out extending your arms, keeping the forearm parallel to the floor as you are maintaining good core stability through the abdominal and low back region with your feet on the ground. To progress this exercise, move up on the ball so the ball is lower down and closer to your midsection. That increases the demand on the low back muscles to resist the weight that is now moving further away from you. If we wanted to add stability and, therefore, a regression to this exercise, you could anchor either against the wall or by a partner.

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.