Back when I was first studying to be a personal trainer in 2000, I hired my own trainer.
His name was Reggie, and he told me he was going to “get me in shape to get in shape.”
Now, the thing was, I thought I already was in pretty good shape.
I was wrong.
The morning after our first session together, I went to get out of bed and realized I couldn’t sit up – my abs hurt too much. I had to roll onto my side and kind of “scoot” out of bed.
But it didn’t take long for my core and abs to become strong.
I credit this fun core exercise in this post – the stability ball rollout – with helping to get me strong.
Reggie made me do hundreds of these over the course of the time I worked out with him.
In fact, I now call this exercise “The Reggie.” (I love making up fun names for exercises and workouts – like the Booty Call Workout.)
I love this move because not only does it work your abs, but also your entire core from your shoulders to your hips.
If you sit a lot at work – as I did back in those days – The Reggie helps to fix your posture by forcing you to use your upper body to stabilize yourself. Keeping your back flat and strong is also a great posture reset.
It’s also a great “active recovery” move that I like to use with clients (and myself!) during a larger workout.
Here’s a quick video of me during today’s workout, doing “The Reggie.”
Turn It Into a Fat-Burner
Here’s how I used this exercise as part of my workout, for a total-body fat-burning circuit:
- 5 minutes cardio intervals
- 5 “Reggies”
- 5 Pullups
- 5 Low Bodyweight Rows
- 5 Hip Dip Planks Each Side
- 25 Ball Crunches
- 2 Minutes Punching Drills (you could also do step-ups, jumping jacks, burpees, jump rope – anything that gets your heart rate up)
Repeat 4 times.
Fun, Effective Exercise
Kids love to do stability ball rollouts – in fact, when I train them, it’s something they actually request. If you want to get your kids moving, have them try this.
And try it yourself and let me know how you make out!
(Note: if you want that strong core to look like a sculpted six-pack, you’ll need to revise your diet a bit so that you chisel off any fat that’s hiding your midsection.)
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