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Knee Vs Hip Dominant Exercises

In the image above you will see one of Principle Four Osteopathy clients demonstrating two versions of a bulgarian split squat.   Both have the same name, yet by tweaking how one performs the exercise can result in a change of where the focus on effort is placed.  In the image on the left you will see the individual let their knee translate forward which results in a greater degree of knee bend and load through this region, therefore making it more knee dominant.  In the image on the right you will see a more vertical shin position (less knee bend) and therefore more load placed through the hip complex (therefore making it more hip dominant).  The same principles of knee dominant vs hip dominant can also be applied to the squat, lunge and step up.  So next time you are performing any of these movements, have a think about what strategy you are adopting.

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.