The Physio Ball Supine DB Press to Reach is a functional training exercise for advanced athletes to improve synergy of the neuromuscular system, core stability, body control and coordination.
During the DB Press to Reach the focus is on improving neuromuscular system efficiency. The neuromuscular system works in sync when the athlete moves on the court and hits the ball.
Emphasis is on the synchronized activation of various muscle groups and stabilizer development to improve performance and avoid injuries.
Monitor the speed of the DB Press to Reach and increase the speed accordingly as the athlete becomes more proficient with the exercise dynamics.
If you have to spot because the athlete cannot maintain balance, spot the ball, not the athlete!
Physio Ball Supine DB Press to Reach Progression
If you use additional weights…make sure you use appropriate weight so you can control the action throughout the entire range of motion. Otherwise you defeat the purpose of the exercise.
Very often, people use too much resistance and they become sloppy. Especially when it comes to maintaining core stability repetitively.
Also, don’t just progress with adding more weight. First, maximize the speed while maintaining perfect form.
If that’s still too easy then alternate the action.
Physio Ball Supine DB Press to Reach Description
- Place physio ball on the ground and lie on top of the physio ball in supine position (face up); cervical spine, scapulae, and head maintain contact with the physio ball
- Legs are shoulder-width apart; knees flexed at 90˚
- Hold dumbbell (DB) in one hand; other hand remains close to the trunk (or horizontally abducted shoulder = easier)
- Elevate the trunk (hips) up high to neutral pelvic position (higher center of gravity)
- Horizontally abduct the shoulder to 90˚ and flex elbow to 90˚
- Extend elbow, press DB upward, reach high until DB is above the head and internally rotate the trunk; upper-body is perpendicular to the ball (or as far as possible); only shoulder maintains contact with the ball
- Flex elbow, externally rotate trunk and return to starting position;
- Repeat and switch arms
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