Stir the Pot–On Stability Ball

Updated: August 13, 2014

World-renowned spine specialist Stuart McGill recently referred to the Swiss-Ball Stir-the-Pot as the best core exercise you can do. Try it once, and you’ll start to see why: It’s hard. Make that really hard. That’s because it combines two elements that leave your abs screaming: instability and dynamic movement.

This combo allows you to work your rectus abdominis (a.k.a. your six-pack), obliques, and all of the muscles that help stabilize your spine—from just about every direction.

In front of a stability ball with your forearms and elbows on the ball, hands clasped. Roll ball forward until your legs are extended and your body is in plank position, toes tucked. Your shoulders should be stacked directly above your elbows, chest lifted off the ball, and neck in line with your spine. Brace your abs and make small circles to the right with your forearms, as if stirring a pot. Do 15 reps, then repeat, making circles to the left.

While your arms are making circles, make sure the rest of your body remains still.
Stir the Pot on the Stability Ball


  1. Ronette Karstens

    March 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Good exercise!

  2. Marián

    May 14, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Bad form! Squeeze your abs more, have a flat back.

    • Mark Roozen

      May 22, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Actually that was a stock photo – but we talk about having a neutral back; need to look at the posture and build of the person and put them in the best position. We’re working to take more “in house” pictures.

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