The Torsonator

The Torsonator is probably one of my favourite pieces of equipment in our osteopathy clinic due to its many uses and the fact that it doesn’t require a lot of space. All you need is an olympic weight, unearthed or earthed torsonator attachment, barbell, weights and accessories.

We use the torsonator at the clinic for prescribing a variety of great exercises.  Body parts trained can include the shoulders, core, back and much more.

Below are some great images of various exercises that we prescribe clients.  All of these images were sourced from google images.

Torsonator – Standing – Single Arm – Shoulder Press 

This exercise requires the individual to maintain an upright stable trunk and torso whilst pushing the weight above head.  Unlike the traditional shoulder pressing movement, the direction of push can be varied depending on where you stand relative to the angle of the bar.  For those individuals who have issues pushing directly above head, you can alter this movement and have them push out up and forwards.










Torsonator – Single Arm or Double Arm Row – Back

Not many of us will have a dual torsonator like the image below.  But this image represents how it can be used to train the back.  We will also often change where the individual stands relative to the bar to incorporate a variety of other back related rowing movements.



















The image above represents a bent over row using the torsonator.  You can also have the individual stand parallel to the bar and adopt the bent over supported row position.

Torsonator – Core Twist

There are many variations for using the torsonator to train the core.  This can be done using only the bar or the various torsonator attachments.  We will also look at varying the individuals start position and have them either kneeling, split squat kneeling, standing or split stance standing.  The individual can change the exercise by varying whether the trunk stays stable or also moves with the arms and weight.



















if you would like to find out more about how to incorporate the torsonator into your everyday workout, then be sure to touch base with one of the osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy.  Often variations of these exercises are incorporated into ones exercise program to enhance their overall core, back or shoulder strength.

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.