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Old 11-13-2009, 03:40 PM   #1
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Swiss Ball Squats

I first tried these about a year ago. I couldn't even get on the ball unsupported, let alone stand or do squats. Last night I decided to give them a try again. I was pretty quickly able to stand confidently near a wall for support and moved into the middle of the room. I figured out how to get on the ball, then stand, and by the end of about an hour (I was alternating between working on the ball and practicing handstands) I was able to link several below parallel squats.

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Old 11-13-2009, 04:21 PM   #2
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Re: Swiss Ball Squats

you were doing handstands on a ball? or doing squats on the ball?

you lost me.
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:27 PM   #3
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Re: Swiss Ball Squats

Heh, no, that would be something. I would spend 5-10 minutes working on handstands, then work on standing/squatting on the ball for 5-10 minutes. Flipped-flopped back and forth for about an hour.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:37 PM   #4
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Re: Swiss Ball Squats

I'm missing the point here . . . what exactly is the point of swiss ball squats? Not trying to be a jerk, just curious.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:18 AM   #5
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Re: Swiss Ball Squats

try and stand on a swiss ball and you'll quickly get the point.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:22 AM   #6
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Re: Swiss Ball Squats

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try and stand on a swiss ball and you'll quickly get the point.
Also not trying to be a jerk, but why would I want to stand on a swiss ball? OK, it's hard. So what? What's the transfer or application?
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:37 AM   #7
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Also not trying to be a jerk, but why would I want to stand on a swiss ball? OK, it's hard. So what? What's the transfer or application?
The purpose of this would be to work your stabilizer muscles hard to improve your balance.

Haven't done this in a long while. Definitely fun, and I'm curious to see what the staff at Goodlife do if I start busting this out.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:17 AM   #8
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Re: Swiss Ball Squats

Waste of your time, if squats are too easy, add more weight.

Edit: Unless you're in some kind of swiss ball circus.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:39 AM   #9
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Re: Swiss Ball Squats

Daniel: sick pic, is that at Alta? Huge front flip?

As others have said, yeah it's very hard to stand on a swiss ball, but the athletic application is debatable. The usual argument I've seen is that it trains balance somehow because you are on an unstable surface, the problem is what athletic endeavors require being on an unstable surface. I used to do a bunch of swiss ball stuff and it didn't seem to do much for me.
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Old 11-14-2009, 11:52 AM   #10
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Re: Swiss Ball Squats

Swiss Ball Squats (WFS)

This is crazy if you ask me. Crazy I say!

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