During Mikes presentation he used the visual analogy of the one plane swing as a tilted, solidly supported Ferris wheel. During week one of our program the exercises will help you build the lumbar support to keep the Ferris wheel angle strong. This week our focus is the core abdominals ' TVA (transverse abdominals), upper abdominals and obliques. These muscles support an athletic movement associated with a one plane swing.
Here we go!
This pose is great to relieve the physical effects of the first week lumbar spine exercises and a relief of stress on the back after a round of golf. Place the ball under the body and simply allow the body to hang down, fully relaxed and breathing deeply. Hold for ten deep breaths.
Place the legs over the ball. Inhale deeply and on the exhale press your navel towards your spine, lift the upper body towards the knees while you maintain the action in the lower abdominals. Practice this pose for one to three minutes.
Lift the legs off the floor while you continue to press the navel towards the floor. Continue the crunches for an additional two minutes.
Note: if you feel ANY discomfort in the low back immediately return the legs back to the floor.
This exercise is highly effective in training the oblique abdominals ' an essential element in maintaining strength and power from the core. Place the legs on the ball and draw the navel towards the spine. Inhale as you roll the legs to the left and on the exhale focus the mind, body and breath on the right oblique. Bring the legs back to the starting position by using the obliques, not momentum.
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Editor's Note: Katherine Roberts, founder of Yoga for Golfers, has 20 years of experience in fitness training, yoga studies, professional coaching and motivation. Katherine welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at Katherine@KRTotalFitness.com or visit www.KRTotalFitness.com.