Q&A: Stretch for Abs
Q: Since many exercises are designed to strengthen the core, I sometimes feel my abdominal muscles tighten up and wanted to know what stretches or regeneration exercises you recommend specifically for abdominal muscles. — Anthony, Topeka, KS
A: Try the cobra stretch to loose up your abs. It's also great for improving back health. Here's how to do it:
- Lie on your stomach with your hands under your shoulders.
- Push your upper torso up off the floor, keeping your hips flat on the floor. Only go to a distance where you feel a comfortable stretch. You shouldn't feel any pain in your lower back.
- Hold for a few beats, then return to the starting position and repeat six to eight times.
Another option: Lie on a physioball and curl your torso around the ball to release the tightness in your abdominal muscles.
About The Author
Craig Friedman – Craig Friedman is the Vice President of the Performance Innovation Team at Athletes' Performance. He designs and implements performance training systems for professional athletes in all sports as well as elite youth and college athletes.