Are You Progressing Your Core Exercises?

In the image below you will see one of Principle Four Osteopathy clients demonstrating a plank with arm reach as well as 3 point birddog with knees elevated exercise.   The client had been performing the plank and 4 point (knees elevated) exercises well and to progress this exercise we decided to remove one point of stability by raising one arm.  This requires the individual to stabilise their body and look to reduce the rotation challenge that is brought about by only 3 points of contact.  You can look to vary points of contact and alternating the arm reach and also foot reach.  This is a great way to assess where there might be asymmetries by comparing one side to the other.

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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