Teaser is a pretty iconic exercise – the challenge immense, but the symmetry, really beautiful. Like Hundreds, it asks the body to defy gravity, and to do so, recruit the long muscles across whole body. From start to finish, this exercise hinges on both concentric and eccentric muscle contractions. On the way up, the anterior trunk muscles contract, along with the quads and the inner thigh muscles (and glutes if you’re really resourceful) to lift the body away from the floor. They remain contracted as the body holds the posture at the top and balances just behind the sit bones. Then, on the descent, we ask those same muscles to slow down the pull of gravity and to work (really hard!) in an elongated state as they gradually lengthen back to their resting place.
This exercise is just awesome and awe-inspiring, when done well. Teaser is one of those exercises where the instructor becomes cheerleader as well. Given the proper encouragement, modifications and progressions, students will feel a real sense of achievement when they finally master the Teaser.
To highlight the natural symmetry of this movement, I always think of one of the strangest, but coolest natural phenomena: the Venus Fly Trap. Really. It starts open, then upon trigger, both sides perfectly close into the middle and hold that shape before eventually releasing back to its resting state.
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