How to get rid of lower belly. #1 lower ab exercise.
Today’s post shares the # 1 lower ab exercise that targets your pooch.
It is the most effective and efficient exercise when it comes to improving lower ab tone.
Video Time Stamps ⏱
0:00 Our Pooch
1:59 Props to Positioning them
5:58 Timing/Breathing example
6:40 Practice Routine
9:28 Finding your starting Point
At the end the direct link to the daily workout video
There are many reasons to reduce a belly pooch beyond looks. Here are just a few of them:
Reducing a belly pooch
- decreases/eliminates upper back, lower back, and overall aches and pains
- reduces excess wear and tear on other joints. Joints that are presently moving on an unbalanced posture that a pooch can create.
- diminishes chronic low level inflammation that can be the result of both:
excess body fat stores and moving on an unbalanced posture.
* For videos on How the Body Uses Body Fat visit here for Video 1 and here for Video 2
Simple self care focused actions like today’s lower ab exercise help you
– get rid of a belly pooch while it
– provides exponential payoff body wide.
Today’s exercise is also using one of the 3 Muscle Groups that have the biggest influence on your body!
We are Leveraging the way your body works to make self care easier to fit into your busy life.
If you don’t have the props NO PROBLEM!
– 3 LARGE towels (big beach towel size) and
– a couple of rubber bands or hair ties will do the trick.
Use 2 of the Large Towels and Ties to create your own bolster.
- Take 1 of the large towels and roll it up.
- The other rolls around it squeezing the end together.
- Secure this roll at each end using the rubber bands or hair ties.
The result will be something that looks like a big tootsie roll.
I’ve placed a photo above for you.
This prop will take the place of yoga blocks or bolster.
The 3rd towel will be used to support your head.
You now have what you need.
Keep these items in arms reach as we move to positioning.
- On your back.
- Bend one knee
- Place your foot flat on the floor
- Repeat with your other leg
- Now it’s easier to position your back nice and FLAT against the surface.
- Lift 1 leg up as shown below
- KEEP YOUR BACK plastered flat into the surface and
- Lift your other leg up.
*If your lower back feels:
– stressed or
– like it’s popping up and off the ground
👉🏼 Roll the 3rd towel and place it beneath your head.
You will know the height of the towel is right when you can keep your back flat.
Over time, as your abs strengthen, you will lower the roll. This is because the amount of head support you need to keep your back flat will reduce.
Now that you have your positioning down grab your prop.
- 2 Yoga Blocks or
- Your Bolster
and place the prop between your knees and ankles,
Depending on your prop your set-up will now look like this:
Your prop helps:
– incorporate more muscles and
– helps you train BOTH sides of your ab muscles equally.
Before moving on let’s make a quick check.
Place your hands by the small of your back. Take a moment to determine if your back is still nice and flat.
Not kinda flat.
Not close to flat.
Totally FLAT. 👍🏻
If your back is totally flat great!
If not let’s fix that.
To do that please get back out of the position so you can increase the size of your head support.
To get out of the position:
- Remove the props between your legs and then
- Lower one leg at a time.
With your towel adjusted place it back beneath your head and repeat lifting one leg at a time.
If you can now keep your back flat awesome.
In this position you are
1. Squeezing your legs to hold the blocks or bolster in place the entire time.
2. You will then S-L-O-W-L-Y lower both legs, keeping them in this 90 degree position.
You are pivoting from the hip.
You lower as far as you can AS LONG AS you are keeping your back flat.
Again because this is SOOOOO important it’s- Not kinda flat. Not close to flat. FLAT.
As you rotate from the hip joint you STOP just before you cannot maintain your flat back any more.
Then transition smoothly, slowly, bringing your legs back up to the starting 90 degree position.
That is the movement.
YOU MAY HARDLY MOVE AND THAT’S OKAY. That is your starting point.
If your abs are challenged by holding the prop and holding the 90 degree leg position you will build from there one millimeter at a time!
Now for the breathing. Exhale on the Effort.
Your exhale is created by using the lower 1/3 of your abs to PRESS downward.
By pressing your lower abs downward your air will naturally move up and out of your open mouth.
When we exhale we are avoiding blowing out. And we want to avoid ‘sucking in’.
Aim for allowing the air to be pressed up and out of your abdominal cavity by pressing your lower abs.
It is natural to want to suck in to make your belly flat but that’s the opposite of what we want. It’ll take practice but overtime keep your attention on the action of pressing your lower muscles to PRESS the air out.
The video: Train this one muscle video walks you through how to do this in the sitting position. The same technique is used while lying down.
The video also covers the many benefits of the breathing technique.
Breathing throughout the exercise:
For each repetition you are
- pressing your air out using your lower abs
- while lowering your legs to offer the ‘challenge’ your ab muscle needs to strengthen.
You are Exhaling on the Effort.
Then you are
- Inhaling through your nose as you bring your legs back up.
Please Note: You can use timing and type of breathing that works for you in the beginning.
As you get use to the exercise you will be able to place more focus on the E for E Exhale on the Effort breathing gaining even more from the exercise.
Points to remember:
- We are using our legs as the incremental challenge we need to strengthen our lower abs.
- The goal is not to get your legs down to the ground. The goal is to always provide the amount of resistance that challenges our muscle.
- As you get stronger your legs will go lower and then it is time to add weights.
- It is important to keep our mouth open and allow the air to be pressed up and out by our lower abs as we do the exercise.
- When weights are added it is critical to START from the beginning.
- This means checking the head support. Checking the lower back. Finding how far to lower.
Here is the 2-minute exercise video
It has 4-7-8 breathing but – you do what ever breathing works for you in the beginning.
Give it 90 days!
Here’s three 30-day tracking sheets for you.