Sit ups are a sure fire way to damage your back, neck and hip flexors. Remember the Physical Fitness tests in school, who can throw themselves up and down on a wrestling mat the most in 60 seconds is in shape. WHAT? Who in the world is coming up with these tests? No wonder as adults we are throwing ourselves all over the room thinking and feeling like we are getting our bodies in shape. If you never do another single sit-up in your life you will be better off.

So what if you could engage in a exercise that would turn on more core power in less time and guess what, less effort? When I teach classes of any sort and especially core based classes most new-Be’s feel the urgency to go fast and go really what they would call deep in the hopes of getting a better workout. And I am pretty sure I have pissed a few students off from time to time because I hold them back. And it’s not the kind of holding back you are probably thinking, but rather the kind of holding back that will actually require more core power and more control.
As a teacher I see this often, other teachers and students trying to replicate moves they have seen in a magazine or others do in a class or at home. The only problem is they don’t really know what they are doing, what they should be using and how to activate deep core muscle.

So today all you need is a small ball, or what some call a mini ball and take your time, go slow and focus more on stability than mobility. Think baby steps. A child will never learn to walk before he or she learns to stand and so on.

To Begin:

  1. Find neutral (refer to my you tube channel for a walk through on neutral) with the ball behind the sacrum and the spine long above.
  2. Step your feel sit bones with apart, if necessary place a block or extra ball between the knees for more pelvic floor integration and leg control.
  3. Exhale and slightly kiss the sacrum into the small ball without rounding the spine. Think about a hula dancer they can move their hips without moving their torso.
  4. With that kiss activate your pelvic floor muscles which will allow your pelvis to refrain from overly tilting when you go back and also assist your groin from taking over. 
  5. Either place your hands gently at your knees or up at shoulder height.
  6. Inhale; begin to extend your body back without rounding and with out tilting your pelvis forward.
  7. Come to 45°, were the hip flexors are not straining and the body feels a slight earth quake shake. Remember to activate the pelvic floor region.
  8. Exhale and return back to an upright seated position. Be sure not to pull forward with the arms, but rather pull up through the top of the head and imagine a little hand in your core floating up.
  9. Repeat this 8-10 times, only as many as you can be the most effective.


  • Don’t arch your lower back
  • Adjust arm positions to support the neck or try arms crossed holding opposite elbows. 
  • It is not about speed or how many reps, this type of core work is about control and stability.
  • Watch that your not resting on the ball, think trying to be in front of the ball when you move. 
  • Make an effort to minimally breathe into the belly and maximize breathing into the side body and ribs.

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