Some of you have been asking about my stability ball workouts and how to know what size of ball to buy. The the size of the ball you’re using really matters when it comes to your performance. Oh get your head out of the gutter….I’m talking stability balls! 😉
The size recommendations for each ball is based on the height of the person using a ball so choosing the right stability ball is super easy, because the only thing you need to know is your height. Easy peasy, right?
For all of you gym rats out there, how often have you seen someone using a stability ball to do…let’s say barbell glute bridges but the ball is too big, so the person’s shoulders are much higher than the hips which makes the barbell practically roll off the hips. When this happens, a glute bridge becomes nothing but a hamstring bridge?
It’s quite often in my gym that I see guys and girls using a ball that is way too big for their height. Then I see the opposite too. Not only does this look uncomfortable, but you won’t be obtaining the best benefits from performing these exercises incorrectly. Some can blame it on the gym only having certain sizes available, and if this is so, you’re better off buying your own ball for $20 and doing some workouts at home.
Really, when it comes to using a stability ball, it’s just about knowing and choosing which ball is the best ball for you.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT STABILITY BALL FOR YOU
If you’re height is between 4’11” and 5’3″ a 55cm stability ball is recommended for you.
If you’re height is between 5’4″ and 5’10” a 65 cm stability ball is recommended for you.
If you’re height is between 5’11” and 6’3″ a 75cm stability ball is recommended for you.
So this probably brings up one big question;
WHAT HAPPENS IF I USE THE WRONG SIZE STABILITY BALL ?
Well, to do it once in a while, probably nothing, but using a wrong size of stability ball creates bad form and we all know how form is everything when it comes to exercise.
If you were to continuously use the wrong size of stability ball over an extended period of time you will develop some sort of injury, and/or pain within your muscles/body depending on the exercises you’re performing.
So to keep things easy. Use the right size ball. 🙂