Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 137- Abdominal Curls with Magic Circle Resistance

This exercise engages the abdominals while adding resistance that will strengthen the lateral shoulder and increase shoulder stability
To do this exercise you will need a mat and a magic circle.  Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet planted in the ground.  Thread your hands through the magic circle so that the pads are at your wrists. Inhale to prepare and then exhale as you press out on the magic circle.  Continue exhaling as you press your ribcage into the ground and lift your head, neck, and shoulders.  Inhale at the top and then exhale as you lower your head, neck and shoulders to the ground.
Things to think about
You should not do this exercise if you have osteoporosis. 
Be sure that you keep sending your shoulder blades down your back.  Imagine that you are plugging your arms into the shoulder sockets. 
This resistance provides an environment to really feel the difference between shoulder stability and the movement of the ribcage that is required in spine flexion

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