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JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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9/22/12 11:50 A

I really love using the stability ball and find it really helps me work the most amount of muscles in many of my sets. I also use machines and other equipment but find the ball to be the Anti-Machine. Where machines tend to isolate muscles, the ball makes one work many of the little muscles that assist the big ones.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
9/22/12 9:33 A

I'm also 4'11 & the 55 cm ball I found in stores was fine for most things, but I still had trouble with getting the form right for some exercises, mainly upper-body exercises...either I'm not flexible or my arm-span was just not wide enough. My sister found a 45 cm ball on Amazon that she sent me for my birthday, and that was more suitable for the exercises I was having trouble with.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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9/21/12 11:17 P

Not only use the smallest ball, but pay attention to how much air you put in it. That will also make it more fitted for your body. They have a good video on here telling you how it should fit, but in essence, one is suppose to be able to sit on it with their knee bend at 90%.

ANGELINAMB SparkPoints: (0)
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9/21/12 8:23 P

Thank you coach Jen! And Julia I think I will the ball exercises look fun!

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
9/21/12 6:30 P

I'm sure many of us short people are glad you asked that question :)

I hope you enjoy your bootcamp and the stability ball!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,435
9/21/12 2:14 P

Yes, you should be okay to use the smallest size. You might have to modify some of the exercises a little, but you should be fine.

Coach Jen

ANGELINAMB SparkPoints: (0)
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9/21/12 1:46 P

I'm starting a Bootcamp on SP Sunday that involves a stability ball. I was looking up what size to get and everything says the smallest (55 I believe) is for people 5'2"-5'7".. I am only 4'11". Can I still use the smallest size or will it not work properly?

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