Electromyographical Analysis of Upper Body, Lower Body and Abdominal Muscles during Advanced Swiss Ball Exercises

Paul W.M. Marshall and Imtiaz Desai

Purpose: To determine whether or not muscle activity measured during advanced Swiss ball exercises was at an appropriate intensity recommended for strength or endurance training in advanced, or novice individuals.

Conclusions: Although this study has provided evidence for one advanced Swiss ball exercise (bridge exercise) proving a significant whole-body stimulus, the practical difficulty and risks of performing these more complicated Swiss ball exercises may outweigh potential benefits.

IN PLAIN ENGLISH: More Swiss ball hype tempered…although various exercises can be done with a Swiss ball, no clear advantage exists with the device over conventional, better muscle-targeting exercises..

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