Either you have yourself or you know someone that has struggled with back pain and, if you have, like I have, you know it’s no joke and can really have you on the sidelines. Good news, there are so many amazing tools to help with back pain relief: breathing (yes working on this has a massive immediate impact), your posture, and movement! We are going over my top 4 core exercises to keep that back pain away for good! Give these a try so you can get off those sidelines and get back to your activities without PAIN!
Before jumping right into the lower ab workout, it is super important to pay attention to your breathing. Breathing is the missing link I see with almost all of my clients! Make sure you do not hold your breath or brace with your abs. Your lower abdominals and pelvic floor muscles activate automatically when you are exhaling or at least they are suppose to (they
need a little reminder sometimes). So cool right, you can work on your core just by breathing! Major win! The other must is to make sure your stomach is not pushing out or doming while working on your core because this disrupts how effectively you can use those muscles.
Alright, let’s do this- abs workout!
Bring your arms straight up to the ceiling (with or without a weight)
No tucking those hips underneath, neutral spine.
On your exhale slowly bring your arms overhead as long as it feels comfortable.
Inhale bring arms back to center.
You want to feel that lower ab kick right on. If not, try exhaling like you’re breathing out through a straw, not a forceful exhale, just gentle and slow.
Lower Abdominal Progression
Knees, hips, and shoulders in line.
Drive your hips to the sky.
Extend arm and leg over head on exhale.
Bridging with Lats
Keep neutral spine- no tucking, laying on your back.
Grab band overhead.
On your exhale press into your feet, lift glutes, and pull band down.
Equal weights on both feet and make sure you feel those glutes.
Keep at it, consistency is key! My free 5 minute strong core and pelvic floor challenge will help you continue on this strengthening journey! And no, it’s not just more kegels check it out for fast results!
Still struggling or not sure if you have the breathing or alignment right for the exercises lets chat free 15 minute discovery call!