So we all know and love high pressure ab exercises (crunches etc), but what exactly is a low pressure ab exercise? Well, it’s pretty much any ab exercise where the spine stays in neutral, and it can have varying degrees of intensity. Here’s an example of a moderate low pressure ab exercise for you to try:
Notice just how MUCH ab strength is required to keep the spine in neutral (a little bit of space between the low back and the mat) and to prevent the rib cage from flaring out. If you are unable to prevent these two things from happening, you would be better off doing more beginner low pressure ab exercises, and you definitely should not be doing crunches yet!
My 12 week course works in 3 phases, with beginner, intermediate and advanced low pressure ab exercises. Building in intensity as you move through the course, and preparing your core pressure system to handle crunches without putting forward pressure on your abs, so that you can do things like lifting heavy children without putting all the weight into your low back and feeling like everything is squishing out in all the wrong places.