As you know, I’m a BIG FAN of the Swiss ball, one of the most versatile tools you can use in the gym, so long as you use it safely.
You’ve probably seen me use them in previous videos with dumbbells and kettlebells to perform more demanding exercises and to introduce you to new ways to develop more variety and creativity in your workouts.
This time, I want to show you how to use a Swiss ball to perform a set of single-arm push-ups.
Before we go any further, adding a Swiss ball to a basic exercise like a push-up requires a lot more stabilization and neurological energy to perform it correctly and with good form.
My single requirement for doing this exercise: Don’t use one Swiss ball to help you perform the single-arm push-up, if you can’t do a single rep on the ground first.
If you’re unable to do a single-arm push-up from the ground, one way to build the strength you need is to use two Swiss balls touching each other to create the stability you need to perform the exercise properly.
As the exercise becomes easier with two Swiss balls, you can begin to make the exercise harder by widening the space between the balls.
When you’re ready to move toward using one Swiss ball, start with a bigger ball so the angle of your body isn’t positioned so parallel to the floor.
Toward the end of my video, I’ll demonstrate the final progression: Using a smaller ball more appropriate to my height and much closer to the ground.