The Bird Dog

Bird Dog

Today we are going to look at one of the most effective exercises to protect your lumbar spine from discogenic injury, the bird dog. A great way to work on both posterior chain and rotational stability, the bird dog is safe, effective and simple.

  • Get on your hands and knees (four point position) with your knees and hands, hip and shoulders width apart.
  • Your back is in neutral position (slightly arched) and your chin must be tucked in.
  • Activate your lower abdominals (transversus abdomini) by bringing your belly button inward and by activating your pelvic floor muscles 20 to 30% of maximal contraction.
  • Maintain a steady abdominal breathing while you simultaneously lift one leg backwards and the opposite arm overhead keeping your back in neutral position.
  • Return to the initial position and repeat with the other leg and arm.

2 sets of 10 reps as part of your regular core/stability routine will have you well on your way to a life-proof low back!

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