Month: March 2011

From crunch to dead bug……

    Let’s combine the exercises from my 2 previous posts. Many core exercises (as are done in Pilates) start from a position called the “dead bug”. Although beginners frequently struggle with this position, we already have a strong foundation on how to properly activate your core muscles and to isolate your transverse abdominus. (Please refer to my previous posts if you are new to my site, or you may want to to review them for a a quick refresher if you already have been following along).     Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Breathe in. As you breathe out, pull the lower abs firmly up and into the front of your spine. Breathe in, keeping the deep contraction of the lower abs. The next time you breathe out, slowly lift one leg off of...

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