Need a quick, full-body warm-up before you head into your workout? This exercise helps build shoulder stabilization and core activation.
Point Performance’s Allison Haynes, DPT, demonstrates how. Starting on her hands and knees in a tabletop position, she finds her neutral spine – flat back, without curving up or down. Shoulders should be over the wrists and hips over the knees. Tuck your toes under, engage the lower belly muscles right below the belly button, draw the muscles up and in to help provide support through the entire movement. Push the ground away and activate the shoulder stability muscles, hovering your knees an inch above the floor. Use your lower belly muscles and shoulders to maintain the position. Hold for a couple of breaths and release back down.