Core Stability Exercises
Static Floor Exercises
Dynamic Floor Exercises
Side lying hip abduction
Straight leg raise
Lying windscreen wipers
Lie on your back with arms out to the sides. Lift your legs straight up in the air until the hips are at 90 degrees. Keeping your legs straight and maintaining the hip angle, rotate the legs to one side. Go as far as you can keeping your upper back and shoulders on the floor. Bring the legs to a halt, pull them back up to the start position and then over to the other side.
Medicine Ball Exercises
Sit-up and throw
You either need a partner to receive and pass the ball, or perform the exercise in front of a wall and use a medicine ball that will bounce back. Start in the sit-up position (knees bent) with hands up ready to receive the ball. Catch the ball and begin to lower back down. Control the movement with the abdominals and keep your hands above your head as you lower down. Once the shoulders are touching the floor sit back up and throw the ball forward at the same time.
Sit and twist pass
Start in the sit-up position, knees bent feet flat on the floor. Your feet, knees and hips should remain reasonably still throughout this exercise, the rotation coming from your waist and not your hips. Hold your hands to one side ready to receive the ball. Catch the ball to that side and absorb the catch by turning your shoulders further to that side. Reverse the rotation turning back to the middle and release the ball. Continue rotating to the other side; receive the ball on the other side and continue.
45-degree sit, catch and pass
Start in the sit up position with knees bent and lean back at 45 degrees. Raise your hands in front of your face and receive a pass from a partner, around face height. As you catch the ball you must maintain your body position and gently throw the ball back.
One leg catch and pass
Stand on one leg with your hips square to the front. Hold your hands up ready to catch the ball which should be varied in their placement. Catch the ball and throw it back. Aim to move arms and/or turn your shoulders only.
Side touch downs
Start by sitting on the ground with knees bent, feet flat on the floor and holding the ball in both hands. Raise your feet off the ground and balance on your bottom. Rotate at the waist to your right and touch the ground by your right hip with the ball, lift the ball up, rotate to the left side and touch the ground by your left hip with the ball, lift the ball up and continue keeping your feet up off the ground.
Kneeling twist pass
Kneel upright with good posture. Twist the shoulders, arms and head round as far as you can to the right (start position). Partner passes you the ball. Twist round to the left side as far as possible and hand the ball to a partner. Turn back to the start position, receive the ball and continue.
Core Stability Workouts
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