• Brian LeRiche

Exercise Tip: Foam Roller Press Up

The Foam Roller Press Up is a variation of the PRI exercise, "Modified All Fours Belly Lift." The two exercises have subtle differences, yet the similar end goal of oblique activation combined with proper inhibition. The differences include: variable difficulty, decreased shoulder activation, increased external references, reduction in body weight for optimized respiration, and minimal confusion from simple coaching cues. Utilize this exercise for those who struggle to understand and sense a posterior pelvic tilt.

Key Points:

- Increase difficulty by placing foam roller closer towards the knee.

- Decrease difficulty by placing foam roller closer towards the hip. Use this setup for those with excessive lordosis, novice athletes, and history of back pain.

- Elbows directly below shoulders at 90 degrees.

- Press through the elbows (floor) to protract scapula to feel seperation

- Lift the belly button towards the ceiling.

- Keep feet on the floor while drawing knees towards your chest.

*Note: Don't allow shoulders and elbows to roll, only knees to bend.

- Oblique's engaged.

- Sustain position while taking four breaths.

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