In this video, we’ll show you some abs exercises using a foam roller. Foam rollers are great to increase the challenge of an exercise, as they can reduce stability. We’ve got three abs exercises in this video for you to try out.
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Try These Abs Exercises Using a Foam Roller:
Exercise #1: One-leg Tabletop
Position the foam roller lengthwise. Sit on the end of the roller and slowly lay down, so your spine rests on it and your head is supported at the other end. Place your hands on the floor to provide support and have your knees bent and feet on the floor.
Raise your right leg up into a tabletop position. Tabletop is with your knee is over your hip and shin/calf parallel with the floor. Lower the right leg down and raise the left one up. Lowering the left leg down before moving the right.
Repeat: 10-12 times each leg.
Exercise #2: Double Tabletop
Lay on the foam roller as described above. This time raise your right leg up into the tabletop position, make sure you’re engaging your abs and raise your left leg up into tabletop. With both legs raised, you’re in the double tabletop position. Having both legs raised will reduce your stability and make your abs work harder. Lower one leg then lower the other one.
Note: Keep the lower back flat on the foam roller, not arching up and away. Do not hold your breath. If you experience these, go back to the first exercise and do more repetitions to prepare yourself for this one.
Repeat: 10-12 times.
Exercise #3: Foot Taps
This is a progression from exercise number 2, so make sure you can happily repeat that exercise before trying this one.
Lay on the roller, raise one leg, and then the other one, into the double tabletop position. Make sure your abs are engaged the whole time. This is your start position. Lower your right leg and touch the toes of the right foot on the floor and raise it back up, swap to the left leg, and repeat.
Note: Keep the lower back flat on the foam roller, not arching up and away. Do not hold your breath. If you experience these, go back to the second exercise and do more repetitions.
Repeat: 10-12 times each leg.
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