Start with the basics: One of our favorite Core Exercises for the obliques.

Following up on yesterdays post, here is one of our all time favorite exercises for core stability. It focuses on the external obliques, but hits all the major players. This exercise has been adapted and modified from from Shirley Sahrmann’s book “Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Disorders”. It is shown here excerpted from our video series, available by clicking here.

Her is a quick summary you are free to reproduce for home or clinic/ shop use (they are copyrighted) but not for resale. Please give us credit if you pass them along!

Non Tripodding Exercise

The purpose of this exercise is to improve the strength of your abdominal muscles.  You will also learn to prevent lower back (lumbar spine) motions associated with leg movement.

STARTING POSITION: Lie on your back on the floor. Bend both knees about 90 degrees with the feet flat on the floor.

Contract your abdomen, do not hold your breath or hollow. 

Lift one foot off the floor slightly and hold it there. Lift the opposite leg until your thigh is vertical. Do not push down with the opposite leg while lifting! Repeat for 5-10 repetitions with good form. Repeat with the opposite leg. Remember not to contract the muscles on the back of your thigh on the leg you have on the floor.

Perform 5 repetitions 2 times per day increasing to 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

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