Nothing hurts as good as a great ab workout, unless that workout is the wrong workout and that burn you’re feeling isn’t just your core muscles building themselves back into a six-pack. You know the feeling—it’s in your back.
You might know to avoid situps without proper form, which can cause back pain. But if you’re stuck on what to try next, we’ve got an idea: lying on your back like a dead cockroach, Kafka style. The move is called the deadbug, and it’s one you should be adding to your repertoire of safe and pain-free ab routines.
Men’s Health fitness advisor and superhero trainer Don Saladino recently showcased the exercise on Instagram. “The deadbug is a safe yet intense way to train your abdominals and core while establishing great movement throughout the body,” Saladino writes on the Instagram post.