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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Abdominal Exercises with an Extended Spine NO NO!!!

THE MAIN ACTION OF ABDOMINAL MUSCLES IS SPINAL FLEXION, DO NOT WORK THEM WITH AN EXTENDED SPINE.

But you can end up hurting yourself badly. This message is going out to the 2 guys who I saw yesterday on a stretching table...One had his legs on the table under the weight of his friend, his body suspended while he did oblique twists and crunches. So his spine is extended, in other words there is an arch in his back, and it is supporting the fullw eight of his upper body because his legs are locked under the weight of his friend.

One wrong move....the consequences could range from a few days of back pain to disk damage to paralysis. And it isn't even all that effective as an exercise. Someone looking to up the abdominal challenge might accomplish the same thing more safely suspended from a pullup bar with abdominal slings.