The Bridge

This is an Abs pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 7727)

Have participants start on floor on hands and knees. Next, have them push up onto their hands and toes, keeping their body straight. This will make them use their abdominals to stabilize the body. After holding the position for 10-20 seconds (as long as they can maintain keeping their body straight), relax and take some deep breaths to release the tension. To increase intensity, have participants pull up into the bridge position and lift gluts and back up into air for 2 counts then down into the bridge position again by releasing for 2 counts. So it's cued as up 2, down 2. Try sets of 8 first, then add on as class can tolerate more.

This is very intense as it utilizes not only the abdominals, but other muscle groups. This exercise will allow your participant to cut down the amount of time they spend on performing abdominal exercises. So if you're running out of time at the end of class, just do some bridge work, oblique work and you've just compacted the ab workout. My clients love this, they feel stronger and are noticing definition that they couldn't achieve with supine lifts. Hint.. This works great in any class!!!



Added by Carrie Saupe at 2:04 PM on Thursday, August 31, 2000 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
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