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Sick of Boring Ab Workouts? Try These Hollow Holds.

Hollow-body holds are a highly efficient method to train your heart. But if they start to feel”easy,” the only solution is not to tack more moments onto your holds. Rather, try these three weighted progressions from trainer Jay Maryniak.

Your focus on the hollow grip is to push your lower back into the floor. This challenges your whole heart, and it also creates a body position which may readily be rocked in all directions (which can be partially why hollow rocks are a good ab move in their own right). Maryniak’s variations benefit from this uncertainty. Weights will attempt to pull you out of position from different directions. Your heart’s job: Fight to keep in place regardless of what.

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“One of the most significant pro strategies on the hollow body is to maintain you lower back pinned to the floor,” Maryniak writes in a current Instagram post. Should you break that position during any hollow holds (and notably with loaded variations like these), you simply take the challenge from your heart and risk aggravating your lower spine.

For the first movement, the dumbbell counter hollow hold, grab a barbell in each hand, and stretch one arm behind you and in line with your neck and another directly out on your side.

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Use the identical set of dumbbells that are light, hold them directly above your chest with a neutral grip to get started. Keeping up a slight knee bend, lower them toward the ground over the course of 4 minutes. Then, pull the weights into your torso and press them back up to start, actually focusing on hard your torso eccentrically, and just using the media as a”reset.”

In the past and most-challenging move, the two-point weighted hollow hold, place one light rubber weight plate (or another counter load) on your legs, centered around your knees and grip another with both hands behind you and in accord with your neck.


For all of these moves, the number-one priority should always be on possessing that trapped low-back position. Start with light weights, and if you are unable to keep your low back pressed firmly into the floor at all times, raising your arms and/or legs slightly nearer to vertical will reduce the lever arms your muscles have to fight.