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Exercise of the Week – Dead Bug

Target Muscles: Core (Abdominals).

Dead Bug

Begin by laying flat on your back, knees bent with your feet flat on the floor, and arms by your sides. Then, tensing your abdominals, raise both legs and boths arms off the floor, straightening one leg out away from your body whilst at the same time extending the opposite arm out behind your head, as shown.

Then switch your arms and legs so that the alternate sides are now extended in the same way, whilst the original limbs are bent in front of you.

Repetitions: 8-12 (each arm/leg)

Sets: 2-4

A nice core exercise for your abdominal muscles, and one which also helps improve coordination. The intensity can be varied by how much you straighten your legs and arms, with straighter being harder, but make sure you keep your lower back flat against the floor during the exercise to avoid placing too much stress on it.