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Training Technique of the Week: Hands-on-Ball Push-up
By Scott Goodpaster
Stability balls do an excellent job at tackling balance and stability components for performance. If you can’t stabilize your core, you can’t produce optimal force at your extremities. Stability is the guiding system of force production.
By incorporating stability balls into a wrestler’s program, the athlete will develop a solid core, thereby reducing injury and increasing performance. The wrestler will become more explosive, faster on takedowns and pick up their opponents with greater ease.
• Notice how CFF wrestler Patrick Kearney lowers chest to ball, then presses his arms to a lockout.
• Make sure to keep good alignment through the entire body.
• Keep hands oriented down.
• Perform three sets of 10-20 repetitions.
(Scott Goodpaster, CSCS, is the Director of Cincinnati Functional Fitness, an MMA Certified Strength & Conditioning coach and nationally recognized in the field of strength & conditioning for wrestlers.)