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Cathe Live Review: Stability Ball Total Body Weights (#14)

Updated: Feb 27

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Cathe Live Review: Stability Ball Total Body Weights (#14)


Stability Ball Total Body Weights is a tough and different total body strength workout using the stability ball. I really liked this routine, as it worked my body well without using heavy weights for the lower body. All of the lower body exercises use the stability ball only but they still managed to burn out my lower body very well.


The workout starts with metabolic lower body exercises using the stability ball. This really helps to get the heart rate up and provides a good cardio effect to start heating up the body. These are all fairly high rep and provide a nice introduction to the routine.


You then move onto a number of exercises for the upper body, by muscle group, working the back, chest and triceps. Most of these use the ball and dumbbells. They are not too high rep and only a few are repeated. You then move back to one lower body exercise and then the rest of the upper body exercises, including shoulders and biceps. Cathe used slightly lighter weights, on some of these, so I did increase on a few and got a great workout. All of the muscle groups are worked well and the inclined moves are particularly challenging.


The final section starts with lower body and then transitions into core work using the ball. The lower body exercises are high rep and you are doing multiple sets, particularly for hamstring roll-ins. By the time we got to the 1 leg hamstring press, on the ball, my legs were really burning. Many of core exercises then also work the lower body and so you don’t really get a break here either. My legs were absolutely screaming when Cathe finally said we could take a break, during the windshield wipers, as before that you just keep going from one exercise to the next, all engaging the lower body hard. The core work was pretty challenging and I got a great workout here too.


Overall, this is a challenging total body workout that uses only the ball to work the lower body / core and dumbbells for the upper body. An excellent and different routine that I will be returning to.


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The Workout


Stability Ball Total Body Weights is a pure strength, total body workout using the stability ball and ends with a lower body and core section on the floor.


What You Need to Know

(Rating scale – 1= lowest & 5 = highest).


The Moves


Stability Ball Total Body Weights is 54 minutes long and originally aired on 31st July 2014 (#14). The workout starts with a 3:30 minute warm-up, before a quick water break and moving into the first lower body exercise, using the ball. (The ball is not used during the warm-up).


  • Pulse squats (holding & bouncing ball) – ball – 32 reps

  • Squat & overhead press – ball – 4x 3 pulses, 4x singles, 8x woodchop (ball up to 1 side then other) & 4x singles

  • Pulse squats – ball – 16 reps

  • Side lunges – ball – 16x singles, 4x 4 pulses, 4x 1.5’s, 2x 3.5’s & 16x singles

  • Lunge pulse x4 (bringing ball to opposite ankle) & squat pulse x4 – ball – 4 sets

  • Front lunges (bringing ball to opposite ankle) – ball – 12 reps

  • Reverse lunge w/ ball overhead – ball – 8x 3 pulses & 2x 15 pulses

  • Squat & overhead press / squat & bicep curl – ball– 8 sets (1 of each)

  • 1 Arm rows - Cathe used two 10# Dbs held in one hand (I used 1x 20) & ball – 24 reps each side

  • Seated rear delt flys – two 10# dbs & ball - 2 sets of 12 reps

  • Pullovers – two 10# Dbs (I used 15’s) & ball - 12 reps

  • Chest flys - two 10# dbs (I used 20’s) & ball – 12x 2/2, 2x 5 partials & 4x 2/2

  • Decline push-ups (feet on ball) - ball - 12 reps & 8 reps

  • Seated overhead tricep extensions – two 10# Dbs & ball - 8 reps (2/2) & 4 reps (2 partials)

  • Seesaw push-ups – ball - 16 reps

  • Tricep kickbacks – two 8# dbs (I used 10’s)- 19 reps

  • Outer thigh lifts (toe pointed & flexed) – ball & mat (I used ankle weights & no ball) – 64 reps

  • Side plank w/ front angle rear delt raise (in side plank raise on the ball; raising & lowering top arm) – one 8# Db & ball – 16 reps

  • Outer thigh lifts (other side) – ball & mat (I used ankle weights & no ball) – 88 reps

  • Side plank w/ front angle rear delt raise (other side) – one 8# Db & ball – 16 reps

  • Incline front raises / incline front arcs - two 8# Dbs & ball - 8 reps / 4 reps

  • Seated lateral raises – two 8# Dbs & ball - 14 reps

  • Incline front raises / incline front arcs - two 8# Dbs & ball - 4 reps / 6 reps

  • Seated lateral raises – two 8# Dbs & ball - 12 reps

  • Incline hammer curls – two 10# Dbs (I used 15’s) & ball - 16 reps

  • Seated overhead press- two 10# Dbs (I used 12’s) & ball - 16 reps

  • Incline hammer curls – two 12# Dbs & ball- 16 reps

  • Seated overhead press - two 12# Dbs & ball- 16 reps

  • Reverse plank hold (feet on ball & hips raised; lift & lower arms to side & overhead) / hamstring roll-ins – ball & mat – 3 sets - hold & 16 reps (roll-in)

  • One leg glute press (lay on back, 1 foot on ball, other leg raised to ceiling, raise & lower hips) – ball & mat – 16 reps each side

  • Ball toss (lay on back, legs straight in air in V position; toss & catch ball between ankles) – ball & mat – 8x singles, 4x 3 pulses & 8x singles

  • Ball rotations (same position as above; hold ball between ankles & rotate slowly in one direction then other) – ball & mat- 4 reps

  • Ball knee squeeze (sitting up & ball between knees) – ball & mat – 40 reps


Core at 43:25 minutes


  • Ball exchange – ball & mat – 4x bent knees & 8x straight legs

  • Reverse hip lifts (ball between ankles & raise & lower hips to ceiling with legs straight) – ball & mat - 16 reps

  • Windshield wipers (lying on back, arms out to sides & legs straight up in the air, move legs side to side, bringing legs 12-18” from floor) – mat - 3 reps & 8 reps

  • Reverse crunches (ball resting on shins) – ball & mat - 24 reps

  • Sit-ups (rolling ball over shins) – ball & mat – 4 reps

  • Banana holds – ball & mat - 5 reps (8 count hold)

  • Roll outs (on knees, palms together on ball in front of you then roll out & in (nearly plank position)) – ball & mat - 11 reps

  • Roll-out circles (roll out & hold then circle arms while pressing down on ball) – ball & mat - 8 reps in each direction


The workout ends with a 3 minute cool down and stretch using the stability ball.


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