Resistance Training Exercises in Unstable Environments

Resistance training performed on unstable surfaces could be considered to assist in improvements in movement. Although research has shown the benefits to performing exercises in more stable environments, new research is showing the benefits of performing resistance training exercises in more unstable environments.

Behm and Anderson found both increased trunk and limb muscle activity when performing exercises in more unstable versus stable environments. Carter and associates found that stability ball training may provide improvements in spinal stability in the sedentary population.

Marshall and Murphy found increased deltoid and abdominal activity when performing a bench press on a stability ball in comparison to performing it on a stable bench. However, more research into this form of training still needs to be done.

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