I have decided to write this blog post after a recent interaction with my client Sam who reinforced to me that not all exercises have to be complex and that sometimes (if not most of the time) simple is best. This came off the back of a discussion we had around the hip thrust (bodyweight and barbell hip thrust) had how this has been a game changer for him with regards to improving his hip extension and loading and that this had translated to improved gait. For Sam this has been a massive change for him as his gait has been impacted as a result of a stroke several years ago and this exercise (along with many others) has assisted in improving his gait.

In the videos below you will see a few examples of different variations we have him undertaking:

1. Range of motion (bodyweight)
2. Single leg (bodyweight – unilateral focus)
3. Load (external resistance)

We also have an isometric hold at the top phase of the movement (hips against stationary barbell above the hip.

Rather than getting to complex we have decided to focus on the movement that has provided a great deal of benefit to Sam and are adjusting the variables around this exercise to create a stimulus and challenge that addresses movement range, unilateral work, top range of movement focus and overload.

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy and Corporate Work Health Australia. Our osteopathy clinic is located on Level 4 at Pleasance House, 178 Collins St Melbourne City CBD 3000. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 0396709290.