Stability Ball Leg Curl

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Swiss ball leg curl, sb leg curl, ball leg curl, physioball leg curl
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Stability/Swiss/Bosu ball
  • Muscles Targeted: Hamstrings, abs, calves, glutes
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-4 with 8-15 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

The stability ball leg curl, also called the Swiss ball leg curl, is a variation of the basic leg curl performed by placing your feet on an exercise ball while lying on the floor. It challenges your abs and stabilizes the spine when you contract the hamstrings to bring the stability ball towards your body.

Stability Ball Leg Curl Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Swiss ball leg curl, sb leg curl, ball leg curl, physioball leg curl
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: Stability/Swiss/Bosu ball
  • Muscles Targeted: Hamstrings, abs, calves, glutes
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-4 with 8-15 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

How to do Stability Ball Leg Curl

Start the exercise by placing a stability ball on the floor and lying on your back with the feet placed on top of the ball. Extend your legs so that the ankles rest on top of the ball. Lift your hips so that your body weight is on the shoulder and feet. Bend your knees to pull the exercise ball as close to your body as possible, while contracting your hamstrings. Pause for two to three seconds before taking your legs back to the initial position.

Swiss Ball Leg Curl Tips

  • When placing your feet on the ball, make sure to extend through your hips so that you do not feel any pressure through your lower back.
  • Avoid your hips from turning while curling your legs in.
  • Squeeze a yoga block or foam roller to improve activation of your hamstrings and abs.

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