Traditionally speaking, barbells are generally used for squats, deadlifts and bench pressing. In the video below you will see osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy use the barbell when performing 2 different types of lunge exercises.
The barbell when placed across your shoulders with weights either side requires you as the individual to stabilise the torso and upper body. Failure to do so when performing a lunge may result in you losing balance and therefore the barbell is a useful tool to train stability and control of the upper body whilst strength training the lower body.
Barbell Lateral Lunge
Barbell Posterior Lunge
For those of you who are looking to add some variety into your everyday lower body training routine, then try using a barbell when performing lunge exercises. These can include anterior, posterior, lateral and rotational lunges. The only thing that I ask you do is to make sure that you have adequate space around you to perform these safely and to choose a weight that allows you to perform the exercise through adequate range of motion. Selecting a weight that is too heavy may result in your body naturally selecting stability over mobility and therefore you may not get the most out of training your body.
This blog was written by Osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.
Principle Four Osteopathy
Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics.
The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation.
The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation.
To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.