Fed up with staring at the floor during the plank? Strengthen your abs the other way up with the deadbug! Despite its quirky name, it’s one of the best bodyweight exercises you can do for your core.
Why? Well, they might look easy – just lying around isn’t exactly hard work – but deadbugs give a lot of bang for your buck. They engage a lot of muscle groups – chest, back, ab and obliques, as well as your arms, glutes and thighs – so keep your body challenged.
Why should you lie around like a flailing cockroach? Good question. Choosing the right core exercises is crucial for maintaining your overall strength. Build a strong core and daily life is easier – walking, putting on your shoes, cleaning the bath.
Strong core muscles give you increased stabilization in the torso when you run and workout. This protects you from injury and reduces your risk of fatigue and back pain.
The deadbug is a safe, pain-free exercise that will intensely train your abs whilst encouraging good body movement. Convinced? Here’s how to safely do it:
Deadbugs are super-simple.All you need is a mat and muscles. They’re ideal to practice at home or Hussle during a quick lunchtime. Or try them as a warm-up or cool down. When you Hussle, you can always fit them in somewhere!
Just did some of these trying to get back into the swing of exercises. They're great to do whilst lying around watching tv but are tough enough to feel your abs ache a little the next day (well, that's if you're like me and you've not exercised properly for a fair while!)
had to look up 'tabletop' but now it makes sense. And yes these are difficult!
They are very effective, I can vouch for that. Not one for the office floor though!