Absolutely. I use it all the time and advise my clients to use it as well. Just by sitting on the ball alone one engages the core, and add to that different variables such as bringing the feet closer together; challenges balance and Proprioception.This is just a basic mount. I actually perform some of my dance choreography while sitting on the stability ball and that allows me to utilize my core while taking the some of the pressure off of the lower back and forcing me into corrective postures and steps.I have to say it is a must have in every fitness enthusiasts arsenal.
The stability ball, as the name implies, reduces the stability typically found using the floor, so activates the core muscles more. I use it often for my more fit clients, but am cautious with clients who are deconditioned, have poor balance, or just afraid. There are lots of ways to get the same muscles engaged, but in a more stable environment.
I have real scientific knowledge on implementing stability balls into training. However, despite peoples actual thoughts and claims – they are not necessarily as beneficial as many may think.
Instability devices usually result in large decrements in force production further limiting muscular activity.
The stability ball is an awesome and inexpensive piece of equipment that can be utilized in a variety of classes. You need to practice your skill so that your clients are seeing you moving with proper form. Today I incorporated the workout created by IDEA Fitnes Journal Feb 2012-Sample Class: Jump Rope Circuit. by Abbie Appel. Her stability ball routine was refreshing and functional.
I use the ball all the time. I find it useful for people starting out who already have a bit of core strength (so they’re safe on the ball) but who need more compound exercises. While doing a chest fly we can also activate the obliques and glutes! It’s useful when there’s time constraints as well. This way we can touch on several body parts without the focus on individual exercises.