It’s Home Exercise of the Week time and I would like you to try this fantastic abdominal exercise called the Pulse Up.
The Pulse Up strengthens the abdominal muscles, specifically the rectus abdominis, which is a long paired muscle that runs vertically down the stomach and inserts into the pubic crest.
This ab exercise requires only a small amount of movement but don’t think that it will be easy. The Pulse Up requires some abdominal strength and you may not be able to lift your hips off the floor very much in the beginning but with time and practice you will build the strength needed to perform this exercise.
Let’s take a look at the key points to doing the Pulse Up properly.
- lay flat on your back with your arms to your sides
- keeping your legs straight, raise them up until they are perpendicular to the floor (this is the starting position)
- pull your belly button in towards your spine and push your feet towards the ceiling until your hips come off the floor
- slowly lower your hips back down to the starting position and repeat
- make sure you keep your head on the floor throughout the movement
So there you have the Pulse Up. A simple but challenging move that will really get your lower abs working. Aim for 2 to 3 sets of 15 – 20 repetitions.