Primary muscles: Abs
Secondary muscles: Core
Equipment: No equipment
Exercise for the opposite muscles: Cobra lat pullown
DEAD BUG INSTRUCTIONS
1. Lie on your back and extend your arms and legs toward the ceiling.
2. Lower your right leg and extend your left arm behind your head.
3. Return to the starting position and repeat with the opposite arm and leg.
4. Keep switching sides until the set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
When doing the dead bug exercise keep your lower back flat against the floor, to avoid placing too much stress on it, and keep your abdominal muscles tight. Breathe out as you lower your leg and extend your arm, and hold them parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you return to the starting position and then switch sides.
The dead bug is a great core move that targets and strengthens the abdominal wall. This exercise helps to improve core strength, coordination, balance and flexibility.
SETS AND REPS
Do 2 to 4 sets of 8 to 12 repetitions on each side. For a beginner’s version of the dead bug exercise, start with your knees bent and then straighten one leg and extend the opposite arm.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the dead bug exercise, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: