Dec 12 2011
Or as some of my clients call this core exercise, they call it the Roman Torture Chair. There are several variations. Here, you see Hans showing us how to do this exercise with straight legs. But, you can do this with your knees bent, pulling your knees into your chest. Also, if this looks way to crazy for you, you can try just using one leg at a time. Just get used to the idea of holding your own body weight up. Don’t worry, you can do it!
Core Exercise Done Properly
If this core exercise puts any pressure on your lower back, make sure to do some other strengthening exercises before you get on this. For the most part, it should be okay. Another important point is about form. Make sure to keep your shoulders pressed down. When you do this core exercise for the first time, your body is going to attempt to let your shoulders come up to your ears. You don’t want that! Keep your shoulders pressed down.
More on Core Exercise
There are many different exercises considered ‘core exercise‘. Mostly exercises that involve the abdominal muscles are thought of as using our core. But, believe it or not, any time we are doing squats, push ups, and any other movement that supports core muscles, we are doing core exercise. Even when we are doing a squat, we are using our abdominal muscles in order to balance the body and any weight we might be lifting. So many people think that to lose weight in the abdominal area, we have to just focus on sit ups, and solely do ab workout routines. This is a huge fitness myth! The body doesn’t lose weight in just one specific area. Unfortunately, usually the abdominal body fat is the last to go! But, doing core exercises helps us to lose that body fat.