Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sahrmann Tranversus Abdominal Exercises

I wrote this article for and are for those who can't due heavy impact training...I hope you enjoy it, and click on the link to read the rest of the article!


Your abdomen could be one of the most difficult muscle groups to keep in shape; however, there is an alternative to doing 1,000 situps to get toned abs. Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, a physical therapist and associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, formulated a series of abdominal movements, which are currently used in physical therapy clinics and fitness programs today. Dr. Sahrmann's stomach exercises help develop strength and tone in the lower abdominals. These exercises target that troubled area without causing stress to the abdomen or your lower back. Women who have just given birth and want to exercise or those who want to restructure and build strength in their abs may benefit from these exercises. Before attempting these movements, consult with your physician and physical therapist.

Sahrmann Exercise 1

Lie on the floor with your knees bent, feet flat and arms at your side. Hold your stomach in and do not flatten your back. Instead, keep your lower back slightly arched and relaxed. Keep one leg bent. Slowly slide your other leg out until it is straight on the floor and slowly slide it back up to the bent knee position. Relax your stomach. Repeat the exercise on the other leg and do 20 repetitions. When this exercise is comfortable, you can then progress to the next movement.

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