Hard CORE: Stability Ball Toe Tap

Here's your first progression from last week's Stability Ball Dead Bug exercise! Focus on your form to engage your lower abdominals, and focus on your breath to engage them as much as possible. Your gut will be burning by rep 8!

Engage your abdominals from top to bottom with this exercise! Notes on form: - Knees only bend to 90 degree angle ("table top") - Keep neck long as you extend your arms behind your head. Don't let your shoulders creep up!

Perform 10-20 reps for 2-4 sets. Inhale as you reach your arms back, exhale as you lift.

The biggest tip I have to get the most bang for your buck with this exercise is this: when you straighten your legs, your feet should be directly over your hips or even a little ahead of them. You don't want to pull your feet back over your belly or face because it takes a lot tension out of your abdominals and, depending on your core strength, can load up your hip flexors. Since a lot of people struggle with tight hip flexors, it's important to train the core to relieve tension there by doing the work in exercises like these.

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B Strong,

Cassie B.