Reverse Abdominals (also known as Reverse Knee Stretch or Kneeling Abdominals Facing Back) is a fantastic abdominal strengthener. The arms, shoulders, and hip flexors get quite a lot of work, too.
It should be in just about every new student’s program unless contraindicated. It feels really unfamiliar the first time you do it, which makes it the ideal exercise to intentionally confuse the body and through that confusion develop different (better!) movement patterns. I use this exercise with almost everyone to get their core in better shape.
If a student feels like this exercise is easy, then this could be a red flag that something is going wrong. A common mistake is to let the hip flexors take over for the abdominals, which will make it feel quite a bit easier. Here are some tips to help your student use their abdominals:
Are you going to practice or teach Reverse Abdominals this week? What are your favorite tips for this exercise?
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