This is one of the best core stabilization exercises to target the deep abdominal muscles; particularly throughout the sides (oblique region). The T-bridge is both functional and sport-specific because improves core strength and stability – which is important for pretty much every sport.
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- From an upright seated position on the ball, walk feet forward and lean back as you roll. Stop when you reach a position that has your upper back and shoulder-blade region resting on top of the ball. Hips should be elevated to form a bridge position. Your shoulders, hips, and knees should all be in alignment with your feet at a shoulder-width stance.
- Position your arms out to the sides in a palm-down position. Your body position should mimic the letter T.
- While maintaining the bridge position, slowly shift weight to one side. Go as far as you can without losing control and slipping off the ball. You should feel a contraction deep within your obliques.
- Roll back slowly and perform the same movement in the opposite direction to work the other side.
- Repeat sequence until the desired number of repetitions are completed.
Narrowing your foot stance will decrease your base of support and increase the level of difficulty.
Closing your eyes will remove one of your bodies main stability senses and increase the level of difficulty.
Allow your training partner to slightly push and add resistance. This will draw even more recruitment from the core to decelerate the movement.