When my trainer introduced me to this exercise, my inner Pilates nerd got excited and my core got schooled. As far as I’m concerned, form is everything in fitness and to get the most out of this movement, technique is crucial.
- Perfect the form first and once you are able to execute the movement slowly and with control, add the weight.
- Begin laying on your back. Engage your lower abdominals so your sacrum and lumbar are grounded. You should not be able to squeeze a finger between your lower back and the floor.
- With feet flexed, legs should remain flat on the ground throughout the exercise by pressing your hamstrings firmly into the floor.
- Arms should remain directly above you the entire time.
- Slowly curl your head and shoulders off the ground, pause, then one vertebra at a time curl all the way up to sitting. Momentum is not the goal here, the slower the better.
- Descend with the same control, one vertebra at a time.
- Give thanks to your body for its strength, and for becoming stronger