💪This is an “all in one” exercise that will help to strengthen the abs, mid back, and neck muscles at the same time. ⭐️When you did your own posture assessment on Monday, you may have found that your mid back was rounded↪️ and that your head is shifted forward➡️. This indicates that in both your workouts and your life, you are completely unaware of your shoulder and head position. ☹️By doing 3-5 sets of this exercise for 15 seconds to 1 minute holds, you will help to reposition your head and shoulders. It can take months, if not years, to correct it so, remain diligent! .
Cues for this exercise:
1️⃣Lie on the ground with your knees bent and feet flat.
2️⃣Roll your chest off of the ground like you are doing a crunch. This will pull your ribs down ⬇️into the abdomen and engage the abs.
3️⃣Keep your shoulders pulled down and back toward the floor.
4️⃣The Head should also be shifted STRAIGHT BACK. Don’t look up and don’t look down. Straight back. This will engage the neck muscles in the front of the neck that are often very weak compared to the muscles on the back of the neck.
5️⃣For an added bonus, put the arms up into a W position, bring the elbows down by your side and squeeze your mid back. Hold it.
6️⃣The abs, mid back from the W’s, and front of the neck will be getting strengthened.
If done properly, some of you may experience some serious discomfort 😭at the base of your skull. This is the small neck muscles STRETCHING as you are strengthening the front muscles (assuming that your head is shifted back properly).
-💻Written by Andrew Dettelbach
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