- Lie face up on the ball with the head and shoulders supported, weight resting over the chest.
- Keep the glutes contracted to lift the body into a bridge position, making a straight line from knees to head.
- Take the weight straight up over the chest, arms slightly bent. You can hold a dumbbell on either side or use a medicine ball.
- Keeping the body tight and stable, slowly lower the weight behind you, keeping the elbows slightly bent.
- Only lower the weight as far as your flexibility allows and try not to lower the weight below your head.
- Contract the back muscles to pull the weight back up over the chest and complete 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps
- If you've never done this exercise, practice on the floor or a bench before trying it on the ball.
- Begin with a light weight to practice good form and control.
- If you have any shoulder problems, skip this exercise.
- It's normal also to feel this move in the triceps and chest as well as the back.
Find this exercise in this Total Body Strength for Intermediate Exercisers workout.