Prone Press Up
- WHY: This exercise will introduce your body to extension or arching of your lower back. This will also help stretch out your abdominal muscles on the front of your torso.
- HOW: While laying on face down place both elbows on the floor at shoulder width. Driving into the floor with both of your forearms lift your chest up, creating an arch in the back. The closer your elbows are together, the higher you will be able to bring your chest up. If you can tolerate even more of a stretch, straighten out your elbows in front of you then push your chest up. To regress this stretch, simply widen your stance on your forearms to minimize how high up you push yourself up.
- FEEL: As your back arches you may feel a stretch in your lower back, make sure it doesn’t increase any back discomfort. You will additionally feel a stretch in the abdominal muscles in the front of your stomach.