Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Abs Week: The Ab Pike

Let's make it a little harder today, shall we? There is a little misconception about the way the abs are structured (we'll talk about this in more detail another day), but the ab muscles go from top to bottom not left to right as most people imagine. So when people talk about just working their lower abs, I don't agree with that level of focus. You should be working your whole ab region to get that beautiful definition all round. So it's a good thing we're focused on our abs this week, isn't it?

Today, we're trying out an exercise called the ab pike. This requires a bit of stability, and helps you build a strong core and build your balance as well. How does it work?

Start in the upper pushup position with your palms underneath your shoulders and your shins or toes on an exercise ball with your heels facing the back of the room. Make sure your body is straight and your abs are tight to support your back.

Slowly begin lifting your hips towards the ceiling into a downward facing dog position. As your hips lift, use your feet to roll the ball towards you until your body is in an upside down "V" position.

Roll back to your starting position and repeat. Alternatively, you can use a medicine ball instead of a regular stability ball. It may be a little harder for you though.

This really works your abs and you feel it when you're done. Here is a video to help guide you:

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Photo credit: Exercise.com, Jesreynolds.com, Jennfit.ca

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