Did you know that most people cheat themselves during their abdominal workout? One of the most important things is to keep a neutral spine. What's that, you ask? Let me help you find it. So, let's lie down on our backs.
When you are laying flat on your back, there should be four points of the body touching the mat: Your feet, the back of the pelvis, your upper back, and the back of your head.
There will be a little bit of a gap under your lower back. Your sacrum should be on the mat. For those of you who don’t know, the sacrum is that big bone right in the center of the pelvis.
What I see often, is students pressing the lower back down into the mat and put themselves into a slight pelvic tilt or pelvic tuck. I don’t want you to do that. I want you to allow your tailbone to drop a little bit and create a bit more of a space between you and the mat in your lower back. At the same time, we also have a tendency to press the chest up and open the rib cage. We don’t want that either. We want to keep the ribcage down, but not tuck the tailbone.
So, it's very important that we learn how to move the upper and the lower parts of the abdominals independently. Let's try this out:
Try this out on your own and be patient if it is really difficult in the beginning. You really have to focus. Even if you just do a few repetitions the right way, you will be getting a better workout. So, when you feel like you're losing your focus, pause, take a break and come back to it when you're ready. It may take days of a few reps to get this down so again, be patient.
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