Many believe that building your core strength necessarily means you have to work you ass off in the gym.
Although most core-empowering exercises are pretty stressful on the muscles and require a certain dose of strength and stamina, there is one move that will bring you to a standstill, but will also lead you to great results.
Keepin’ It Straight
Unlike most core exercises, the extension requires you to maintain a certain level of physical stress rather than the strength to power through reps.
By doing so, it passively builds your core strength, as well as your upper back muscles and legs.
Here are the steps:
- Get on a glute-ham bench and secure your feet in the holders.
- Face down and position yourself so that your thighs are directly on the pad.
- With your torso hanging from the bench and your arms crossed in front of your chest, squeeze your glutes and extend your hips while raising your body until it’s parallel to the floor.
- Maintain this position for as long as you can without arching your back. Repeat for as many times as you can.