You might like the chest opening you get from the back extension in this movement. You might dig the abdominal work. You might love it all! And that’s a good thing, because there’s a lot to focus on here.
Why do this? When we think of abdominal exercises, perhaps the first thing that pops into our head are “crunches”. Even if done correctly, abdominal exercises where we lay on our back and lift our head / shoulders still only target a small area*. Let’s think bigger. Let’s get into the whole body AND the abdominals.
* These movements also put the body in a position it is likely in too often already – back rounded with knees bent. A few examples: sitting, driving, cycling, sleeping on your side in a fetal position. We need to mix things up!