We never look at it as a whole, hence, we often talk about chest exercises, abdominal exercises, arm exercises, thigh exercises, etc.
However, it is now time to look at it as an integrated system and also concentrate on the very support of the body.
The torso is that part which supports the body. The spine and abdomen are the parts which make up the torso. Although people do speak about it, it is not a good idea to differentiate these exercises for upper and lower torso.
Dips And Planks
Torso exercises use multiple muscle groups and are, hence, more effective than other isolated exercises. However, they should not be confused with compound exercises.
Dips strengthen and tone the arms, the abdominal muscles as well as the shoulders:
- Sit on the edge of a chair and place your hands next to your thighs.
- Balance with your arms, as you move in front of the chair with your legs straight at the knees.
- Bend your elbows and lower your body by a few inches, but keep your shoulders down and elbows parallel to one another at an angle of 90 degrees.
- Push back to the starting position to repeat the exercise.
If you are looking for an exercise to strengthen your spine, then the plank is the exercise which you will want to incorporate in your schedule.
- Stand straight and extend your hands up.
- Bend down to place your hands in front of you.
- Jump back without moving your hands.
- Slowly start extending your legs so that you balance all your weight on all fours.
- Hold in the position for 10 to 15 seconds and release, to repeat the exercise 5 to 7 times.
These exercises can be done without any equipment. However, there are also many pieces of equipment available which you can make use of to exercise your torso. Equipment such as torso exercise machine, exercise ball, dumbbells and barbells can prove to be helpful while performing these exercises.
Just a word of advice – in case you feel any sort of cramps anywhere in the body when you are doing these exercises, stop immediately and talk to your trainer before you proceed further.