A dead bug is an abdominal exercise that involves moving your opposite arm and leg in tandem while lying on your back.
The dead bug exercise is a great way to strengthen your core and test your dynamic stability.
The move works your:
- Rectus abdominis muscle(your ‘six pack’ muscles)
- Transverse abdominal (deep core),
- Lower back
- Obliques (sides)
Follow these simple instructions on how to properly perform this exercise with proper form to maximally and efficiently stress your core muscles.
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Key points to remember:
– Draw the belly button towards the spine and ﬂatten the back on the bed
– Keep the head ﬂat on the bed
– Roll the ribs down to further activate the core
– Slowly drop opposite arm and leg
– Be sure to only go as far as you can while maintaining the back on the bed and the ribs rolled under
– Letting the back arch
– Lifting the head oﬀ the bed
– Moving too quickly
This is an extremely challenging exercise when done properly, but if you’re looking to further challenge yourself you can hold a weight in each hand while completing the exercise. Give this exercise a try and feel your core getting stronger! Happy moving!
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