Superman Exercise

Starting Position
  • Start the superman exercise on the exercise ball by lying prone over the ball with your waist line centred over the top of the ball, chest slightly raised.
  • Hands rest lightly on the floor in front of you.
  • Feet rest on the floor behind you about shoulder width apart.
  • Set your abdominals and tuck your chin in before you move anything.
  • Raise one arm in front of you to shoulder height.
  • At the same time, raise the opposite leg.
  • Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Lower your hand and foot to the floor.
  • Repeat this on the other side.
Prime Movers
  • Glutes, hamstrings, back extensors, deltoids and scapular rotators.
Physio Tips
  • Be sure to keep your neck straight, chest up, and chin tucked to avoid neck injury.
  • Keep your elbows and knees straight.
  • If you find this too difficult, try raising alternating arms alone and then alternating legs so that you always have three points of stable support.
Try any of the following to increase the difficulty of this ball exercise If you are feeling unsteady lifting your alternating arm and leg at the same time, lift your leg straight out first, gain your equilibrium, then lift your arm. Hold this for 5 seconds.

If you feel your ball is rolling away from you try letting some air out of your exercise ball and/or putting it on a soft exercise mat. This creates a more stable surface and lessens the challenge. As you improve you can add some more air into the ball and start using it on a harder surface.

This is a great exercise to work on if you are trying to prevent back pain. It forces you to use muscles that are often inhibited as we sit at desks all day. The scapular rotators, rotator cuff, posterior deltoid, back extensors, and the gluteal muscles are often underused in most sedentary occupations.
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1ballsRepeat this ball exercise 6 times on each leg.

2ballsRepeat this ball exercise 10 times on each leg.

3ballsRepeat this ball exercise 15 times on each leg.

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