Rebound Core Moves
All of the exercises in the core section are designed to work the superficial larger abdominals such as the rectus abdominus and the external obliques which we see in the mirror and more importantly the deeper core muscles known as the ‘inner unit’ such as the TVA – transverse abdominus and the internal obliques.
The core muscles are already challenged and engaged during the cardio and conditioning sections of the rebound workout as they are activated involuntary to stabilize the trunk. This happens because of the nature of exercising on the unstable surface forces these important trunk stabilising muscles to engage without even thinking about it!
How do we know this? If they weren’t engaged you would fall off the rebounder!
This is one of the rebounding wonders. How cool is it that we don’t even have to think about switching the core on? It happens automatically whilst you are exercising on the pro rebounder.
It is also incredibly beneficial to train core muscles when we are in the upright/standing positions as this is how they are recruited in everyday life and in sports. We can further isolate them with specific exercises done in the prone position (lying on your front or facing down) such as isometric planks, and in the supine position (lying on your back) such as crunches and reverse curls.
If we work the core musculature through all of these positions in an unstable environment using the rebounder, and include isometric and dynamic movements this is arguably the most comprehensive core workout on the planet!
When doing the core moves on the rebounder it is often more comfortable to have a small rolled up towel underneath your head, and for those with long hair to keep it tied up out of the way so that it doesn’t get caught in the springs of the rebounder.