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Arms-free ab exercises

Post by pdellorto » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:43 pm

Guys,

It's been a while, I know. But I also know there are a pool of folks here to draw on:

What are some arms-free ab exercises? Preferably non-crunch ones?

I have a client who is going to undergo some surgery that will make it impossible for him to use either arm to support a load for a while. I'd like to keep working his abs and lower back. So planks are out, so are farmer's walks or vest-loaded exercises. I can't have him Pallof press, either. Assume he's got no arms for purposes of supporting even a fraction of his bodyweight. What are my options?

I can think of crunches and kneeling vacuums, and that's it so far - and I don't see much value in the latter and non in the former. Anything else?

I'm also a bit selfish here - I have a nagging shoulder injury, so anything I could do with him I could do with me, too . . .

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Re: Arms-free ab exercises

Post by Oscar_Actuary » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:32 am

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Post by Dub » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:43 am

Curl-ups are the best. No arms required and good tension on the abs. Nothing for the back or the obliquus tho. Doesn't come into mind.
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Re: Arms-free ab exercises

Post by Jungledoc » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:58 pm

I've tried to invent a chest-supported plank, but nothing I've tried has worked very well.

Of course, abs stabilize a lot of hip flesion. Leg raises? Static leg holds?
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Post by pdellorto » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:57 pm

I like the leg raise-and-hold approach. I'm trying to avoid spinal flexion at all, so crunches and situps are out.

I'll keep thinking about this, though. There must be a way . . .
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Re: Arms-free ab exercises

Post by robertscott » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:00 pm

dead bug variations

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Post by pdellorto » Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:18 pm

I forgot dead bugs. That's a good start, thanks.
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