Really learn how to engage those low abs!
This exercise is one of our favorites for finding your low, low abs and feeling your abs engage in and open (instead of out, see our vlog on how to engage your abs to learn more about this). While these are our reasons for it being a favorite, there are a lot of reasons to love this exercise. It is extremely low impact and you can use it to work all your abs (including your upper abs)!
This exercise is perfect for beginners but also great for people who do abs often. If you have stronger abs, you will have to do more pulses to feel the same affects as someone newer to ab work.
The most important things to remember are:
- Keep your chest and shoulders still.
- Imagine your abs going in and back towards your spine and then spreading out to the sides of your body.
- Keep your back rounded the whole time.
- Imagine your low abs at your belly button and below your belly button all the way down to your pubic bone doing the work.
- Keep your knees straight up to the ceiling (you can place a small ball or a yoga block between your knees to help you remember this).
- If you do the upper ab version of this exercise, make sure you keep your low abs working just the same as when you do just the low ab version.
- It looks like you aren’t doing anything but it burns! (At least that’s what our clients always tell us!)
Learn how to do this great exercise by watching our video!
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Addie Kelzer is a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. She believes that by making fitness and good food practical, her clients will hold the power to positively change their health and the health of those closest to them.