5-Minute Beginner Abs Workout with Ball

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About This Workout
Whether you're new to exercise or a novice at working out with a ball, this workout is for you! Coach Nicole will take you through one short set of 4 core exercises (plus a final stretch) for a complete abs workout.
  • Length: 5 minutes
  • Equipment: Stability ball
  • Type of Workout: Strength training (toning) & flexibility
  • Muscles Worked: Core (abs, obliques)
  • Fitness Level: Beginning to advanced; because this workout has few transitions, it may also be suitable for individuals with limited mobility.
  • Impact: No impact
  • Safety Precautions: If you're new to exercising with (or on) a stability ball, practice caution and progress to more challenging exercises only when you feel comfortable. For greater stability and to reduce your risk of injury, make sure your knees are positioned directly able your ankles (not above the toes) when lying on the ball.
  • Extra Tip: Only complete as many exercises as you can using good form, taking a break as needed. As you progress, try to finish the entire video.

Member Comments

  • I am in desperate need of Abs workouts. I have been feeling so "flabby" lately. I love working on the ball and with this being only a 5 minute workout, it is easy to fit it into my schedule. Thanks, Nicole! - 10/16/2015 8:08:28 AM
  • This was my first time on a stability ball. And I had a good time laughing at my self but the work out was fab I actually felt that abs work hard hope to loose 4-5 pounds this month - 4/10/2015 6:48:13 AM
  • This video is fantastic. Is it possible to get a printable version? - 3/16/2015 10:17:04 AM
  • Hey Nicole. Loved the stretch at the end. I've done this before, but have never seen it on a video or tutorial anywhere. Glad to know it's OK to do this. It feels great! - 3/14/2015 1:48:35 PM
  • Nicole, I do a lot of your exercises, but I've never used a ball. I will try it. I'm 67 years young. I hope everyone has a blessed day! - 2/24/2015 12:45:23 PM
  • Just what I was looking for, core exercises that don't require kneeling or getting on the floor. Saves my knees. It was trickier than I thought it would be. It works more than abs as you try to coordinate exercises with keeping the ball in place. Thank you. - 1/2/2015 11:02:33 PM
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    om for more information about fitball. - 12/4/2014 8:44:42 AM
  • This was tougher than I thought it would be! Definitely need to work on my abs more!!
    - 11/7/2014 9:18:41 AM
  • as pretty good even though could not really do much with my right arm but worked for my abs thanks - 10/8/2014 10:46:46 PM
  • The title of the video says without the ball... - 9/16/2014 5:55:14 AM
  • Thanks for all the ideas on how to tone those Abs!! Good job! - 8/27/2014 10:38:54 AM
  • SparkPeople has started requiring us to listen to these obnoxious ads--not even the option to skip after 5 seconds like many other thoughtful and courteous sites. I like coach Nicole, but I watch her videos much less now, because of the ads. I find many useful videos without ads on you tube and on other fitness sites.

    SparkPeople is slowly grinding this once good site into the ground with all of the obnoxious advertising. - 7/27/2014 5:19:28 PM
  • I like to do this type of exercise.. I don't know how to count calories but it's relaxing as well as being exercise. Good stretches can be done.
    - 7/5/2014 12:48:04 PM
  • First time with ball
    and I didn't even fall - 7/2/2014 1:50:01 PM
  • I used this to start off my day of exercises. I like to use the less timed ones and do a couple of them so I can rest in between if I need to. - 5/1/2014 9:02:37 AM