Bilateral and Single Leg Lower Body Strength Exercises

When programming for the lower body I will always try to incorporate a bilateral stance squat and hinge pattern as well as a split stance and single leg focused exercises.  Split stance could include split squat, lunge variations and single leg focus could incorporate single leg squat, step up or single leg RDL.  In this image below you will see one of Principle Four Osteopathy clients performing a box squat and single leg squat to box.  These exercises have been prescribed as the client is returning to running following anterior knee pain.  There are many different exercises that would suit this worker, but we aimed for these because we wanted to reduce anterior knee load with the box squat and also wanted to focus on a more hip dominant single leg squat pattern.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of 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.

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