Exercise of the Week: Cable-Resisted Physioball Crunch

Learn how to perform the Cable-Resisted Physioball Crunch, an exercise that DeMarcus Ware uses to build core strength.

STACK Exercise of the Week helps you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility.

The Exercise

Cable-Resisted Physioball Crunch

Who Does It

DeMarcus Ware, NFL Defensive End

Sports Performance Benefits

Performing a crunch against resistance strengthens the abs and is more challenging than a traditional Crunch or Sit-Up. Lying on a physioball forces your core stabilizers to fire to keep you balanced on the unstable surface.

How To

  • Lie with your upper back on a physioball with a cable machine behind you.
  • Hold abdominal crunch straps in each hand just above your chest.
  • Perform a crunch, keeping your core tight.
  • Slowly return to start position.
  • Repeat for the specified number or reps.

Sets/Reps: 3x10-12

Coaching Points

  • Position your feet shoulder width apart.
  • Maintain a neutral head position.
  • Perform toward the end of a workout.

Watch DeMarcus Ware's full workout above.
DeMarcus Ware Cable-Resisted Physioball Crunch

 


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Topics: PHYSIOBALL | CHEST | EXERCISE OF THE WEEK | WORKOUTS | EXERCISE | SPORTS | SPORTS PERFORMANCE | CRUNCH | UPPER BACK | CABLE MACHINE