I have a confession to make…
I’m obsessed with ab exercises.
And not because I’m trying to make my athletes look like a cover model or something like that.
Instead, I know how important and valuable strong abs are. Whether it’s making us stronger and more powerful, or simply making us more bulletproof, abs can take us to the promise land.
Here’s one of my favorite ab exercises you may not have seen before. It’s based off a Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) exercise, and we simply call it “The Bear.”
What you’ll find when doing this exercise is that you really feel the obliques engage to a high degree. If you’re only feeling it in the rectus abdominus (six-pack muscles), reset and start over.
Last but not least, here are a few coaching cues to focus on:
- Exhale and round the back,
- Shift the weight forward so you feel the abs engage,
- Pick the knees up slightly off the ground, and
- Think about pushing away from the ground, while simultaneously tucking your pelvis up underneath you.
Like I said up front, this is one of my favorite core training exercises. Please give it a go, and let me know what you think of it in the comments section below!
All the best