Maintaining pelvic and shoulder stability during weight bearing exercises such as plank is incredibly important, particularly as we layer movement onto an already challenging pose. Consider a simple exercise like Quadruped – on all fours, shoulders in line with wrists, hips in line with knees. Pretty simple because each of the limbs work together to provide a broad base of support. What happens, though, as we take away one of those limbs and reduce the base of support? The newly unsupported hip and/or shoulder tends to drop as the balance and weight bearing becomes more of a challenge.
In order for our clients to benefit from these simple exercises, their focus throughout needs to be keeping hips and shoulders level. Maintaining hip and shoulder height challenges the core, especially the oblique slings, the shoulder girdle and the client’s the sense of balance.
Here’s a cue to give them motivation to do just that. Have them imagine they are balancing a tray of champagne between the hips on the back of the sacrum, and another just between the shoulder blades! See if that doesn’t provide some added incentive to stay level! And if it happens to be a Monday morning when you use this cue, try a couple of mugs of coffee in the balance instead of the bubbles!
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