One way to make a basic exercise a little more interesting and to give it additional benefits is to add in a little choreography. One of the most common examples of this is pointing and flexing the foot during exercises where the client is asked to isolate the movement of a straight leg in the hip joint – bridging variations, sidekick series, leg pull and others.
The key with pointing and flexing is timing the choreography to get extra length from the hamstrings and calf muscles. This means pointing as the leg moves towards the body and flexing as it moves back to its starting position. With this timing, the client is flexing the ankle when the hamstring is at its longest, most stretched position – creating a little more length and a little more stretch.
A way to give clients a visual cue for this choreography is to imagine the foot is a paintbrush. As the brush moves up the wall, the bristles of the brush are pointed down. As the brush moves back down the wall, the bristles are flexed up.
Get extra length out of the hip joint by encouraging clients to reeeach for the wall with their paintbrushes.
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