Adominal Strengthening – Progression

Purpose

Strengthen upper abdominal muscles (internal oblique& rectus abdominals)

Position

Back lying with legs out straight

Option

Place a pillow under your knees

Method

Level 1:

With your arms out in front of your body, bring chin to chest and slowly curl your trunk as you come toward a sitting position.

  • Option 1. Just lift head and shoulders off floor.

  • Option 2. Raise your upper body and come to a sitting position

Level 2 :

With your arms folded on your chest, bring chin to chest and slowly curl your trunk as you come to a sitting position.

Maintain the curl throughout the movement.

Level 3:

With your hands on top of your head, bring chin to chest and slowly curl your trunk as you come to a sitting position

Maintain the curl throughout the movement.