- long foam roller
- strengthen your abs while keeping your rib cage, spine, and pelvis in the right position
- improve your ability to stabilize your spine during overhead exercises
- improve your ability to maintain core stiffness while breathing
- exhale and feel your ribs glide down towards the roller (FULLY EXHALE!)
- inhale low into your belly while keeping the ribs down --- it can be helpful to place an object on your belly to feel yourself breathing into that area
- take a few full exhales to set-up the position before you start moving your arms
- you should feel your lower back start to contact the roller by getting your ribs down (not by using your legs or tucking your tailbone)
- wiggle your legs to make sure that they are staying relaxed
- once you are ready, move the arms back on the exhale --- make sure your ribs stay down!
- only move the arms as far as you can without your ribs lifting up
- inhale and return arms up to the starting position
This exercise is great for anyone who reaches above shoulder height day-to-day and for anyone who does overhead lifting at the gym!
Can you do this for 2-3 minutes without losing proper alignment? If you answered yes then it is time to go pick up some weights and move onto more challenging exercises! But, this can still be a great addition to your warm-up routine!