EOTW: Dead Bug (ripped abs)

core exercises for hockey

core exercises for hockeyIf you are looking for a new way to torch your torso (read: abs) while actually improving your trunk stability on the ice, the Dead Bug might just be you new favourite core training exercise for hockey.

Not Your Average Dead Bug

This isn’t your average Dead Bug – I like this one better for your hockey training because when we add the stability ball, you are integrating your upper and lower body into the movement.  You can also generate more tension with something to push against.

Here’s what I mean…


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http://youtu.be/ZO5OCvutWMA

How many?

Start with 5 on each side – holding for 5 seconds.  Do 3 sets.

This Is Not A Back Exercise…

You should not be feeling this exercise in your back.  If you are feeling it there, you are doing something wrong – probably trying to extend further than you can stabilize.

So, if you are starting to feel you back working more than your abdominals, just shorten your reach with the free arm and leg – do not reach so far, just go half way and that should do the trick.

If that does not fix it, the stop doing it.

Is It Better To Train Your Torso Standing?

I do like to train the torso from a standing position about 60% of the time, it is more functional for hockey, but some of the floor based core exercises like planks, bear crawls, Supermans and of course your new favourite the SB Dead Bug have great value as well.

That’s it – try adding this one to your off ice hockey training and let me know what you think.

Cheers,
M

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