I'm trying to post every Monday.
Today, I am still in my pajamas at 11:30 AM. I haven't a shower in the last 36 hours. We've eaten breakfast and I've played with my baby and answered emails the rest of the morning, and that is all. This is my life. So, the post you get is this:
Rolling or Thunking like a ball. What is it about? It's about the exercise Rolling Like a Ball. Great name. At least it would be a great name if the exercise was more rolling than it was plopping on the ground and then straining your neck and psoas to get back up.
People always ask me which exercise is good. And, I hesitate to answer that because it's not the exercise that matters, but how you use your body while doing it. Rolling Like a Ball is a great example of how one exercise can be executed (not killed, but completed) with your neck and your psoas (not the optimal muscles) or with your abdominals. Are you useing momentum to get the exercise to *look* right, even though it makes things worse? Can you use your muscles in a beneficial way?
Try this out:
Also note: If you are straining in any way during this exercise, with special awareness to any downward force you may be creating (did you pee your pants or pass gas when you did it?), these are signs that you are not using your abdominals but are wrestling your own pressure systems to attempt an exercise you're not strong enough for.
Start with just lying on your back, knees held firmly into your body with fixed arms, and work tiny movements from your abdominal muscles only. If you only move 1-2", that's great. Only progress when you feel your belly driving the motion. Leg swinging, head swinging, gritting your teeth, and grunting are all distractions from the facts, man.
Let's stick with the facts, man.