This strengthening and stabilizing technique was spawned out of injured &/or elder patients not being able to get down to the floor and perform a hip strengthening technique: ( https://onebody.live/2020/01/18/8-way-hips-lateral-strength-stability-balance/ ), yet demonstrating a clear need to for hip stabilization. The other thought that drove the creation of this technique was the desire to go beyond simple, tissue specific, isolation exercises/techniques, and look to perform the movements in a more practical position; a functional movement if you will.
Specific strengthening is good and has it’s place no doubt, but if we can piece the isolation exercises together and couple that with being in the relative body position that we will be looking to have the body engage all of these tissues in a synergystic manner, it becomes more of an effective neuro-musculo-skeletal collaborative dance both in practice and through implementation throughout the day.
As stated in another recent post: ( https://onebody.live/2020/02/10/biomechanics-breakdown-short-foot-activation-a-strong-foot-the-basis-for-all-other-movement/ ), it starts with the foot for a variety of reasons, we then continue to activate and engage up the chain, AND THEN go into our additional movements in a more controlled, balanced, and powerful manner; facilitating both efficient and safer movement. When we strip it down and pay attention to details in a repetitive, systematic manner, it more easily translates to our everyday movements with less effort; reprogramming the nervous system and activations patterns necessary to walk, run, jump, lift, MOVE to the best of our ability.
The following is a blend of two oft performed exercise techniques.
Step 1 is being able to simply execute a side plank to awaken, activate and engage the other non-AB 360 degrees of your true core. This will create a more stable state to perform our movement throughout the day.
More stability. More balance. More strength. Less chance of injury.
Step 2 is to add this variation of the old school “clam,” WHILE keeping the core engaged. Marrying the two will translate to enhanced movement patterns throughout your daily routine; whether that be during training or just general movement as you navigate the day to day activities.
If you expect that body to continue to perform without a hitch (ESPECIALLY as we age), pay it some well deserved attention and watch it pay dividends on a performance and enjoyment basis.
Get after it. You know how it goes…use it or lose it. DON’t LOSE IT!