If you’re looking for an exercise that will challenge your core completelymeaning obliques, six-pack, and deep stabilizerslook no further than the hollow hold. It’s actually my favorite move, but it can be a beast to perfect, especially when it comes to maintaining form.
That’s because a hollow hold, sometimes referred to as a hollow body hold, requires you to lift your arms, legs, and head up off the ground until your body looks kind of like a banana. and then maintain that position for about 20 seconds (or more!). By the time you come out of this isometric exercise , your abs will be on fire.
Concerned you can’t stand the heat? Don’t be. While it’s true that this move is challengingeven for certified trainers like myselfthe core benefits definitely make it worth the effort. To make it a little easier, I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about the hollow hold: form tips, variations, benefits, and more. Who’s ready to hollow hold?
How To Do A Hollow Hold
- Start lying on back with with your arms extended overhead on floor and legs straight resting on mat.
- At the same time, and with control, lift arms, head, shoulder blades, and legs off the floor.
- Hold for 20 seconds then return to starting position. Rest for 10 seconds.
Form Tips: Don’t arch you back. Keep it sealed to the mat even if that means lifting your legs and arms higher until your core is stronger. A stable back is key to doing this move correctly.
Reps/sets for best results: I recommend doing four or five sets 20 seconds holds with 10 seconds of rest in between.
Benefits Of A Hollow Hold
ICYMI, the hollow hold is a serious core workout that helps you build strength and stabilization in your abs and back muscles. Having a strong and steady core will make total-body movements that require you to transfer weight from your upper to lower body so. much. easier.
Another benefit of the hollow hold is that it’ll help you improve your posture. Plus, it can help prevent lower back pain because you’ll be strengthening the muscles that support your trunk too.
Modifications Of A Hollow Hold
- Put your arms behind your head: Core focused moves like this one can be hard on your neck and cervical spine. So if holding your head up is too much, cradle the base of your head in your hands by interlacing your fingers to form a little hammock. Doing so will provide more support and take pressure off your neck.
- Add a flutter kick: I’ll usually add in flutter kicks during the hold to a) distract from the intensity of the hold b) tack on another core exercise that will also strengthen your legs.
How To Add A Hollow Hold To Your Workout
- Add it to a core circuit: Do 56 abs exercises back to back for 30 seconds each with a 30 second rest in between each and throw a hollow hold in to the mix.
- Put it in a warm up: A hollow hold is a great exercise to warm up your core. But if you’re going to do it, I recommend placing your hands behind your head for added support and shortening the hold time to 15 seconds so that you’re not too worn out to do the rest of your workout.