As you may know, I am an advocate of core stabilizing exercises over hip flexor dominant moves. In my experience, our clients benefit MUCH more from exercises that create strength and stability around the spine. There is also science that proves my point, which you can read about here.
I recorded a video demonstrating an advanced core exercise you can try this week with your clients. You can regress this exercise as needed. If your clients are lower level try removing the pushup component, or keep their feet on the ground.
It is important to keep the hips level the entire time. The goal is to keep the lumbar spine supported and stable while moving in multiple planes of motion.
Cue your clients to keep their belly button drawn in toward their spine. This will keep the rectus abdominus and deep spinal stabilizers engaged.
Your clients will love and hate this one!
Let me know what you think!
Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidate, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer
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