I want to show you the “ball squat with ball” move since that’s what I’ve thrown into the mix for leg day. It’s a keeper, but first, here are a few highlights of the weekend.
I made chili for football-watching guests. I didn’t get a picture, but it didn’t last too long.
There was also a bit of this…
Good thing I got a run in Sunday! Actually, due to my aching feet, a run was probably not the best idea. I was woken up around 4 a.m. Saturday morning with a bad foot cramp. Oh well, at least I stretched it out after the slow 3-mile run and iced it later that night.
Now, on with that exercise…
It’s basically the same as my ball-to-the-wall move, which targets your quads, hamstrings, and most importantly, you’re your booty. This is just a slight variation that helps strengthen that teardrop muscle above your knee. Jackie’s kind of got it goin’ on here.
Now that I’ve posted a beautiful picture of Jackie Warner, let me follow with these oh-so-lovely post-run photos…
First, get a stability ball. Then, get a small squishy ball. Mine is too small, and it’s a weighted ball. This isn’t what you want. You can get a light squishy one at places like Kmart, Walmart, Etceteramart. I use the ones at my gym.
Put the ball between your knees, and focus on holding your knees together as you squat. Keep your back straight.
Why strengthen the tear-drop muscle (technical term)? It looks good. More importantly, it can also protect against injury, particularly runner’s knee, by strengthening supporting muscles. I have patellofemoral (runner’s knee), so this is a good one for me.
I hope this helps. Thanks for not laughing at my ugly pictures. Let me know if you try the move!
- How was your weekend? Best thing you did?
- Got knee pain?