You’ll need big balls for this work­out – well, one, ac­tu­ally

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS -

The hum­ble Swiss ball has ex­pe­ri­enced ev­ery ac­tor’s worst night­mare – be­ing pi­geon­holed by a sin­gle pro­gramme. Years spent as the star of One Born Ev­ery Minute be­neath heav­ily preg­nant women have left its rep as a piece of chal­leng­ing work­out kit in the shade. And yet it boasts ben­e­fits to ri­val high-tech gym equip­ment. ‘It works the same ar­eas as a re­former ma­chine,’ ex­plains Pi­lates in­struc­tor Rosie Gregory. ‘To stay bal­anced, you’ll en­gage deep core lay­ers rather than su­per­fi­cial mus­cles – this strength­ens your pelvic floor, trans­verse ab­do­mi­nis (be­neath your vis­i­ble abs) and spinal sta­bilis­ers.’ Get started with Rosie’s five moves – you’re guar­an­teed to have a ball.

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