Deadbugs: The Best Core Exercise You Aren't Performing

Hello Ladies and Gents!  Today will be light on words, but heavy with information, and we'll be covering everyone's favorite topic: Core Training! Chances are high that most of you have, at one point or another, tried achieving that sought after 6-pack.  Ask most people how you're supposed to train your abs and they'll throw out the following: situps, planks, and leg raises.  These are all well and good (maybe not the situps), but there are so many other options out there for core training.  Coach Jarrett wrote an excellent post providing 12 gut-wrenching core exercises that will make you harder to kill and easier to look at, so be sure to check that post out.

Today we'll be covering one particular core exercise that I absolutely love.  It's called the Deadbug, and it has a number of progressions and regressions that make it a tangible training option for trainees of all levels.  This is an anti-extension exercise that, when performed properly, will strengthen your rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, internal and external obliques, and deeper spinal stabilizers, while also improving the motor control of the muscles involved in stabilizing the lumbopelvic hip complex.  In short: this may be the best core exercise that you aren't currently performing!

In the below video, I'll touch on a few of the progressions and regressions, but understand that there are a number of variations that I don't mention.  With that, enjoy!

That's all folks!  Remember to BREATHE when performing these!