Stability Ball Squats

On March 7, 2008, in Uncategorized, by Meghan

Please indulge me for just a moment, as I’ve accomplished something that I’m really proud of.

Last October 1st, I began working with a running coach who is a strong proponent of strength work. I hit the gym with the distinct purpose of gaining strength that would be useful for running. You could say that I began with trepidation: the idea of working out inside when there was a national park right outside was a challenging one.

In the intermittent months, I’ve been doing a series of squatting exercises (among all the other strength exercises I’ve been assigned to do). Here is the progression I’ve followed:
1. Like this.
2. Same thing, but holding dumbells of incrementally increasing weight.
3. Barbell squats, with incrementally increasing weight.
4. 1-legged stability ball squats (No dumbells yet. The woman in the picture is truly hard core.).

The pure weightlifters of the world would likely argue with me when I say that the 1-legged stabilty ball squat is the Granddaddy of All Squat Exercises. If done at the appropriate tempo and into the correct squatting position depth, they are very challenging! Right now I can do 2 sets of 12 1-legged stability ball squats without any weight. Next up, I’ll add some dumbells and push myself even more. However, at this point, I’m really proud of myself.

The real is question is whether all this work is making a difference. At the very least, it’s making my jeans fit tighter through the thighs (It’s all relative, though.). In terms of its effect on my running, I think only time will tell.


4 Responses to “Stability Ball Squats”

  1. Danni says:

    I’m so ashamed — I pay for a gym membership thinking I will start lifting again any day. . . but I don’t. I think I should. When I ran my best and my fastest I lifted 3 times a week and ran less than I ever have — yet my running was incredible. I stopped lifting and became injured for the first time. I just really hate it. You really should be proud — what you are doing is really hard for runners who hate being in the gym.

  2. Meghan says:

    Danni- He you! Go to the gym! Earn your membership! Kidding, definitely kidding. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, the skeptic that I was has evolved into a lover of strength training. I lovelovelove how strong I’m becoming. I think one of the tricks is that my routine evolves from month to month, so I’m doing new exercises all the time. It keeps it fresh and challenging. I love it! Thank you for the compliment!

  3. olga says:

    I guess I am at step 3, but not willing to move onto step 4. However great it might be, it looks not as tough with all the gym rats:) I rather do single leg plate presses with like 200 lbs on it. Show of I am:)

  4. A says:

    Hooray for one-legged ball squats! I love those! I originally began doing those as part of my strength training routine for triathlon, but really got hooked when I discovered how huge of a difference they made on the ski slope! Wow, talk about ski-all-day power! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think you’re right, the key is doing different routines each month to keep things from getting stale. I’m the same way, especially when I’d rather be outdoors than inside doing some dumb routine, ha ha! But it sure pays off.

    Congrats on your achievement! I share your excitement — that rocks!!

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