Friday Fitness: The Balls Only Workout.

I love a good, intriguing title, don’t you? Of course, if you know me, you know that the balls in the title refer to stability and medicine balls. No extra equipment needed.

Before we get to the workout though, I want to talk a little about the What’s Beautiful campaign, which is a sponsored program by UnderArmour, in which I was selected by FitFluential to participate. My goal is to run my first post 50 year old sub-2:00 half marathon. On my profile page, you can track my progress, see the challenges that I have completed (so far just one, but I’m working on it!), and send me encouragement.

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Anybody can join, compete, and be rewarded for their efforts.  All you need is to sign up , choose a goal, and share your journey. You can also be a part of a team, either by forming your own, or joining a team of women with similar goals. My first What’s Beautiful post has a ton more details about the program and how you can win cool stuff.

Yesterday I read a post by Lindsay called “Strength is What’s Beautiful.” In her post, she introduces us to the women whose strength and dedication motivate her, talks a little bit about their fitness goals and accomplishments and explains why she is inspired by them. It is a wonderful tribute to a group of amazing women, and she truly shows us that strength is what’s beautiful.

In turn, I am inspired to write about another group of beautiful women, the ones who come to my Superball class. There are a few men in the class, but as with most group exercise classes, it is made up mostly of women. The youngest actually just had a birthday. She is 54. The oldest, well, I don’t ask but upwards of 70 years old old be my guess.

Ball Class

These women come to class for a variety of reasons, but the main one, which I see frequently with people that are a little older, is that they just want to be stronger. They have noticed that they have lost some strength over the years, and they want to turn that around. There are several golfers in class, who realize that the best golf tool possible is a strong, flexible body. There is also a strong sense of community in class, the social aspect of coming together for a class is very strong with this population.

With very rare exceptions, my students don’t come to class because they want to look better. They don’t want six-pack abs, or a rock-hard butt. They want to be healthy, fit, strong, and that is what keeps them coming to class.

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They also love the challenge. These men and women don’t try to do only the easy stuff. They do the exact same workouts that I post here. When given a choice of exercises, as in my “Students’ Choice Workout,” I find that they tend to select the toughest exercises from the list. I frequently tell them that they are who I want to be when I grow up. They inspire me, and I can only hope that I inspire them, too. They are beautiful.

This workout is “Superball Class tested and Approved” for your exercise pleasure. As indicated in the title, you only need a stability ball and a medicine ball.  In the video below I run through a quick demonstration of each exercise, with some form pointers. Enjoy! Or I guess I should say, “Have a ball!”


Balls Only Workout

Have you picked your goal and signed up for What’s Beautiful yet?

Disclaimer: Although I am a certified Coach and Personal Trainer, I am not YOUR Coach or Personal Trainer. Always adapt workouts to suit your body and fitness level. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

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    • says

      Thanks for sharing that! I’m going to pass it on to my class just so they appreciate how awesome my teaching is 🙂

      Seriously, older adults are the best. They have the best attitude and really appreciate every gain that they make. Plus, I’m still a youngster when I’m with my class (though not the youngest any more 🙁 ).
      Debbie recently posted..Friday Fitness: The Balls Only Workout.My Profile

    • says

      We have a few 90 year olds that live at the country club where I work. They still play tennis, come to the fitness center a couple times a week, and one of them takes Pilates two times a week. They’re amazing. I used to train a man until he was 101. Sadly, he has passed, but he was able to stick with it until shortly before he died.
      Debbie recently posted..Friday Fitness: The Balls Only Workout.My Profile

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