Exercise-Ball Reach With Weights
- Lie with your head and upper back supported on an exercise ball. Push your pelvis toward the ceiling and feel the backs of your hamstrings working to help keep you stable. Holding one 5- to 8-pound dumbbell with both hands, reach your arms toward the ceiling with your elbows almost straight, arms parallel, and your hands directly over your shoulders. Inhale to prepare.
- Exhale and stabilize your center and reach your arms back until your arm is almost parallel to the floor. Nothing in your torso should move, just your arm floating back toward your ears.
- Inhale and bring arms back to starting position.
- Reach 20 times to complete a set. Do two to three sets.
This exercise works the upper abs as they stabilize the ribcage.