WatchMojo.com discovers the bender ball workout. A workout that will train your muscles in a way that will get you that beach body in no time.
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Veronica: Hi! I’m Veronica of WatchMojo.com and today, fitness expert Shelly McDonald is introducing us to the bender ball workout. What is the bender ball? Shelly McDonald: Mostly, what the bender ball does is it helps you stabilize when you’re doing any kind of exercise from abdominal work to hip work to upper body work but it’s very unique because instead of having a great big surface, you have a smaller surface. You have to really stabilize yourself before you do any of the exercises. Veronica: How does this add to your workout? Shelly McDonald: Most people muscle through all their exercises. They either use momentum and they’re never thinking, “Oh, this doesn’t hurt at all.” But with bender ball, what’s unique about it is that you really need to be in a certain alignment and it’s all about muscle firing patterns. This is the bender method so to speak, alignment, proper muscle contractions and stability before mobility let’s say. Veronica: From a health standpoint, how important is it to have a strong core? Shelly McDonald: It’s really much more important than what people think because the core is where most of your movement should generate from. You should have stability in the spine before most movements because when you’re not stable in the spine, the quality or your movements is iffy and you develop your muscles in a way that can create injuries over time. What bender ball is really all about is getting you to feel the movement, be very mindful of each movement; use your breath and use contraction and stability through the spine before you do anything. Veronica: Now, we said that it works the core but does it also work out the rest of your body? Shelly McDonald: There’s a multitude of exercise that you can do that work around the core but also, get the upper body, to get the legs, especially the upper thighs, the muscles around the shin, shoulders, everything. Veronica: What is the bender ball workout class like? Shelly McDonald: Most bender balls various control and very similar to Pilates, although it’s not Pilates, it’s the bender method. In that, you have to really have to think before you move because if you don’t and you don’t get yourself in the proper alignment, you’re probably not going to balance and get through the exercises. Veronica: Is there anything else we should know before we try out this workout? Shelly McDonald: I went to this workshop to be a master trainer and I was in such pain; my neck, my back and I couldn’t even sit still in the chair and after we did all the exercises, I was completely pain-free. It wakes up muscles that need to be woken up and it realigns your shoulders, your neck, your pelvic girdle, wherever your problems lie. Just because you are in proper alignment, executing these exercises and training them in a way that’s really healthy for the body, so it can be a rehabilitation type thing too. Veronica: Well, thank you very much, that’s great. Shelly McDonald: You’re very welcome.