This video shows how to strengthen the primary abdominal muscles as well as the lower back and long muscles that support your spine (erector spinae) using the band as resistance. The primary abdominal muscles called the rectus abdominus are the large “six pack” muscles that run along the entire front of the torso from the breast bone to the public bone. They contract when you sit up, bend forward and are stabilizers throughout all movements in daily life. It is important to also resistance against the crunch motion when you return to the starting position. This engages your lower back and long muscles that run along the spine. These are important to support your entire vertebral column and are especially important when you stand up after bending over.
Important note on resistance band strength training: Resistance bands are widely used for full body strengthening, postural improvement, rehabilitation and conditioning. They are portable, versatile and easy to use. The bands we suggest are the only resistance bands endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association called Therabands. These 6-inch wide latex bands come in different, color-coded resistance levels and are also distinguished by the band’s thickness. The progressive resistance system makes it easy to measure progress in achieving fitness or therapy goals. You start out with a band of comfortable resistance. As you use the band, your muscle strength and endurance improve, and exercises become easier to do. When you are ready for more challenge, you move to a more resistant band to increase exercise intensity.
You can purchase Thera-band Resistance Bands by clicking this link.
*As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.