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Caball ExercisesPhoto Credit: Heather Marsh
Caball (Cable & Ball) Exercises were created from a desire to make exercising integrative, challenging, sensing, and dynamic. It is easy to become complacent while exercising with the number of repetitions and a familiarity to a routine that develops quickly. The self discipline is to stay alert, attentive, and fresh with each movement, so injuries are prevented, alignment is monitored, and connectivity from the core outwards is initiated. From my past as a professional rider and serious ballroom dancer, I learned to move and focus on this inner awareness, but for a lot of people this is an unknown or a challenge of “how to.” The Caball exercises create an instant awareness, since they require balance and inner stability with all of the moving parts.
My hope was to develop exercises that created a whole body workout with body, mind, and spirit. I wanted fitness to take-on an aliveness/fun factor instead of drudgery. The Caball exercises are considered advanced, but they can also be modified by first doing the exercises flat-footed and then moving to a half round. Also, one should experiment with sitting and kneeling on the balance ball before taking on the Caball Exercises.