Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Lets go to the Stability Ball


Stability Balls are amazing tools for core performance. You can take it to this level. I wonder if Robin Hood used a stability ball before he went out to rob from the rich and give to the poor....

I always use a stability ball. I am not at the level of say...surfer Laird Hamilton. I saw a video of him standing on a ball, on a sloping terrain..and curling 40 pound weights. Thats balance. So is surfing 80 foot waves!!! What a freak!!!
I am here to announce I am taking a break from the stability ball. I could stand on the ball, like Laird but for 10 seconds at a time. But, kneel on the ball?? I could do that for real long periods. To make it tough, I would move 4 pound medicine balls from right hand to left hand. Other times, the Bride would toss the balls at me. I felt this was great to engage the core. I felt I had some pretty good balance, for a mid 50's guy. But a few times too many, I would kneel and my butt would go back on my heels and that would take the knee action too far. So, my left knee, which I injured more than 6 years ago, has some tracking issues. How did I injure the knee???
PINEMAN IRONMAN 2001 Mile 13 of the marathon
JANE THE BRIDE
"you're favoring your left knee, You look in pain"!!!!
TRIGUYJT
"I am. Its killing me. I've got the stride of Quasimodo"
JANE THE BRIDE
"So....why don't you quit. You've already done 2 Iron's"
TRIGUYJT
"Are you INSANE!!! I am not quitting"!!!!!!

I ran through the pain and the knee hasn't fully returned to normal just yet.
So, until my knee calms down from the stability ball fiasco, running will take a back seat.
Expect to see me in the pool more and lifting more weights for awhile.

Kaleb Kaschalk.

Interviewed Kaleb at a personal training business called Gemini Quest in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Kaleb is the 18 year old who is tackling Ironman France in June. He is raising funds for the V-Foundation for Cancer Research in honor of his deceased grandfather.. I hope to put the piece on the air soon. Will let you know. Kaleb is doing 3 big things at once. Taking 18 hours, more than a full load at school. Soliciting business and people for donations and ohh..yeah..training for an Ironman. He is near $1,000 and has a goal of ten-thousand. Donation page link
(Kaleb and Grampa pictured above)

Got Tagged by Mary:IronMatron.. I am to supply you, dear bloggers, 7 random/weird things about me. Plus, I have to tag 7 others. Be forwarned. I will be tagging real soon. Run for the hills.
And finally, may the Pot at the end of your rainbow be riches and not....

a Porta-Pot

21 comments:

Marcy said...

I AM DYING of laughter over that dude on the stability ball. OMG ROFLMAO!! Ahhhhh it's the little thigns in life I tell ya . . .

Kim said...

Ha HA HA! I luv the rainbow pic!!

Viv said...

That guy with the arrow on the ball. CRAZY, LOL!
Sorry to hear about your knee, I hope laying off the ball puts it all good soon. Surfer Laird, ahh my surfer crush no doubt.

Eric said...

Those are some good ideas with the stability ball. You can stand on that thing....I'm impressed. We use one at our office desk to sit on.

Hope the knee feels better soon.

Rainmaker said...

I know how frustrating the knee thing can be. Good luck!

As for taggage, I was also tagged by that same certain someone... so no double-teaming me!

triguyjt said...

rainmaker..
you are safe..

viv- laird is such a homely looking guy...haha

marcy- i laughed when i first saw that too..but its legit.

RunBubbaRun said...

The archer guy, now thats's stability..

Maybe one day you will see someone jumpimg up and down one with NO problem..

Now I have to figure how I can sneak one at my desk to use as a chair..

Brian said...

They should make all hunters use a stability ball. It makes it a little more fair then just sitting in a tree with a big gun and a scope on it and food right below the tree.

Sorry about the knee. Hopefully it'll heal soon. Luckily I haven't had those issues... yet. I'm sure my lucky day will come.

Smithposts said...

Sorry about your knee! My knee hurts just thinking about kneeling on a stability ball, not to mention my lack of stability...physical balance that is :-)

UntPawGal02 said...

It's amazing you can stand on that stability ball! I tried once and fell off immediately... no sense of balance!

GP said...

When I was in college I lived by the lake and went to school in the heights. I brought extra sets of clothing to adjust to the weather at times — extra winter coat going into the snowbelt at the beginning of winter, spare coat for the ride home in spring.

And, umm, you could STAND on the stability ball? I keep one in my living room (don't ask), and everyone who visits feels compelled to try it. But no one has come close to standing or kneeling.

I can sit on the thing with legs extended, but I didn't even know standing was an option. Ahh, a new challenge. I'll report back when I break my arm ;-)

Rachel said...

LOVE the stability ball. I understand about the knee. I will cross that finish line even if I have to die in the process. I would prefer not to but I will...

beth said...

have fun with your extra pool time...since you have to put the ball away, maybe you can experiment with some fun new pool toys...paddles are good for some core action too...

cindy said...

I would be so injured if I stood on that ball!

"I've got the stride of Quasimodo"...that cracked me up! (Hope the knee gets better though)

The porta potty picture made me think that sometimes seeing one of those in a long race actually makes it seem like a pot of gold!

JenC said...

D'oh! I hate injuries - especially chronic ones. Happy and quick healing!

TrainingtoTri said...

wait...you can stand on a stability ball? wah? I had no idea that was do-able. Now I must try and I thought I was awesome b/c I recently saw a guy standing on a medicine ball at the gym and I gave it a try and can do that, but a stability ball..wah?

Wes said...

I use a stability ball at every weight training session, although I admit I'm never on TOP of it :-)

Sorry to hear about the knee, homie. Heal fast and strong...

tracie said...

rest that knee! you have time before the season gets in full swing! :)

jahowie said...

Cool blog. I'll have to add you to my list. I'm glad that I could be your blog hero. Good luck with the knee.

blink140pnt6 said...

That port a pot pic is great!

Heeaaallll.

Lily on the Road said...

Thanks for "dropping by", as a fellow snake and gemini, I totally get the humour!.....

Love the rainbow, hope that's not my "pot o'gold", bwaaahhaaaa,

stay in touch...take care of your knee.....