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List of Stretches

Below you will find several stretches that use the exercise ball:
Back Extension over the Ball
Hip Adductor Stretch
Trunk Side Stretch
Prone Trunk Rotation
Supine Hamstring Stretch
Hip Rotator Stretch
Supine Trunk Rotation
Lat Stretch with Trunk Rotation
Lat Stretch in Kneeling
Side Stretch
Pec Stretch
Lying Side Stretch
Quad Stretch
Hip Flexor Stretch
Seated Hamstring Stretch
Seated Hip Adductor Stretch
Seated Glute and Back Stretch
Prone Back Extension
Pec and Subscapularis Stretch
Pec Stretch
Kneeling Trunk Rotation

Read about stretching precautions and contraindications here.


back extension over the exercise ball stretch

Back Extension on the Ball


Lie back over the exercise ball with the ball centred under your thoracic spine.
Allow your back to gently arch over the ball.
Reach arms overhead keeping your elbows straight.
Hold this position.
 
Stretches: Abdominals, anterior spinal ligaments, hip flexors, latissimus dorsi, pectoral muscles

hip adductor stretch with the exerise ball

Hip Adductor Stretch

Put your exercise ball on the floor in front of you.
Place your feet wide, knees bent, and keep your back straight.
Bending one knee, lunge to the side until you feel a stretch on the inside of your thigh.
Hold this position.

Stretches: Hip adductors


trunk side stretch sitting on the exercise ball

Trunk Side Stretch

Sit on the exercise ball with a neutral lumbar posture.
Chest should be up, shoulder blades down and back, and head back over your shoulders.
Keep your feet flat on the ground shoulder width or slightly further apart.
Roll the ball to the left, bending your left knee and reaching your left hand to the ceiling.
Hold this position.

Stretches: Latissimus dorsi, trunk side flexors.

prone trunk rotation

Prone Trunk Rotation

Start by lying prone over the ball with chest slightly raised.
Your exercise ball should be centred under your belt line.
Hands rest lightly on the floor in front of you.
Take one hand and keeping your arm straight reach up and back toward the ceiling .
Follow with your head and look toward the ceiling
Hold this position.

Stretches: Trunk rotators, spinal ligaments.

supine hamstring stretch using the stability ball

Supine Hamstring Stretch

Lie face up on the floor with your heels resting on the ball.
Roll the ball in so that your knees are at 90 degrees.
Grab one leg and pull it up while maintaining a straight or only slightly bent knee.
Try and keep your lower back and pelvis on the floor.
Hold this position.

Stretches: Hamstrings

hip rotator stretch using the stability ball

Hip Rotator Stretch

 Start by lying supine on the floor with your heels resting on the ball.
Cross your ankle over your thigh and let your knee fall outward.
Roll the ball toward you with your heel so that you feel a stretch in your glutes.
Try and keep your lower back and pelvis on the floor.
Hold this position.

Stretches: Glutes and hip rotators

 

supine trunk rotation using the exercise ball

Supine Trunk Rotation

 Lie face up on the floor with your heels bent and your feet flat on the floor.
Hold the ball in your hands overhead on the floor.
Roll your knees to the side while keeping the ball stationary.
Hold this and then repeat on the other side while keeping your feet on the floor.
Hold this position.

Stretches: Trunk rotators and spinal ligaments


lat stretch and trunk rotation using the exercise ball

Lat Stretch with Trunk Rotation

 Kneel on the floor and place your forearms across the front of the ball.
Rest your head on your hands.
Roll the ball and your hands to one side gently rotating your middle back.
Make sure your back is flat. If not, you may need to move the ball further away from you.
Hold this position.

Stretches: Trunk rotators and latissimus dorsi


Lat stretch

Lat Stretch

Kneel on the floor and place your hands across the top of the ball.
Let your back sag into the stretch.
Sit back on your heels as you roll the ball forward. Hold this position.

Stretches:
Glutes, spinal ligaments and latissimus dorsi

side stretch with exercise ball

Side Stretch

Kneel on the floor behind your exercise ball and place your hand on the side of the ball.
Roll the ball across in front of your body to the opposite side as you sit back toward your heels.
You should feel a stretch down your side from your shoulder blade to your hip.
Hold this position.
Repeat this on the other side.

Stretches: Glutes, latissimus dorsi, trunk side flexors

one sided pec stretch

Pec Stretch

Kneel on the floor with the ball on your right side and your right hand resting on it.
Lower your chest toward the floor and support your weight with your left arm.
Turn your trunk away from the ball to feel a stretch in your right pecs.
Hold this position.
Repeat this on the other side.


Stretches: Pectoral muscles

lying side stretch on the stability ball

Lying Side Stretch

Kneel on the floor with your exercise ball resting against your thigh
Lie over the ball, extending your outer leg and reaching over head to stretch sideways over the ball.
Hold this position.
Repeat this on the other side.


Stretches: Trunk side flexors, latissimus dorsi

exercise ball quad stretch

Quad Stretch

Lie forward over the ball so that your belt line is centred over the ball.
Raise your leg and arm off the floor, reach around and grab your ankle.
Lift your leg and pull your heel toward your buttocks to feel a stretch on the front of your thigh.
Hold this position.
Repeat this on the other side.


Stretches: Quadriceps

hip flexor exercise ball stretch

Hip Flexor Stretch

Sit forward on the edge of the ball with feet wide apart.
Pull your chest up and roll the ball forward until you feel a stretch on the front of your hip.
Make sure your feet are both facing in the same direction and your back heel is off the ground.
Hold this position.
Repeat this on the other side.


Stretches: Hip flexors

hamstring stretch with the exercise ball

Hamstring Stretch

Sit forward on the ball with feet wide apart.
Turn your body over one leg.
While keeping your back straight, lower your chest toward that side.
Roll the ball back to straighten the knee.
Hold this position.
Repeat this on the other side.

Stretches: Hamstrings

hip adductor stretch on the exercise ball

Hip Adductor Stretch

These exercise ball exercises require you to sit forward on the exercise ball with feet wide apart, hands on your hips or thighs.
Roll the ball slowly to one side until you feel a stretch on the inside of your thigh.
Hold this position.
Repeat this on the other side.

Stretches: Hip adductors
seated glute and back stretch

Seated Glute and Back Stretch

Sit forward on the exercise ball with feet wide apart, hands on your hips or thighs.
Slowly lean forward
Rest your elbows on your knees or, if you are flexible enough, put your hands on the floor.
Gently roll the ball back and pull your chest up to increase the stretch in your thighs and buttocks.
Hold this position only briefly.

Stretches: Glutes, lumbar extensors

prone back extension

Prone Back Extension

Lie forward over your exercise ball and rest your hands over the other side of it.
Push up to straighten your elbows.
Keep your pelvis in contact with the ball and let your back sag into the exercise ball.
Hold this position only briefly.

Stretches: Hip flexors and spinal ligaments.

pec and subscapularis stretch
Avoid this stretch if you have any history of
shoulder instability. See precautions.

Pec and Subscapularis Stretch

Lie back over the exercise ball with the ball centred under your thoracic spine.
Bring your arms up so that they are at 90 degrees to your body and your elbows bent to 90 degrees.
Keep your pelvis in contact with the ball and let your back sag into the exercise ball.
Allow gravity to pull your elbows back and your hands to the floor.
Hold this position.

Stretches:
 Pectoral muscles, subscapularis

 pec stretch on the exercise ball

Pec Stretch Supine

Lie back over the exercise ball with the ball centred under your thoracic spine.
Bring your arms up so that your shoulders are at 90 degrees to your body and your elbows straight.
Keep your pelvis in contact with the ball and let your back sag into the exercise ball.
Allow gravity to pull your arms back to the floor.
Hold this position.

Stretches:
Pectoral muscles

trunk rotation stretch with the exercise ball
 

Trunk Rotation Stretch

Kneel down onto one knee with your other foot behind you.
Holding the exercise ball in front of you bring your arms up so that your shoulders are at 90 degrees to your body.
Rotate your trunk as far as you can to the side
Hold this position.

Stretches: Trunk rotators and spinal ligaments