How-To Videos Bird Dogs


Follow along with Andrew Dettelbach for some quick tips on how to properly perform MonkeyFeet bird dogs. Please use a weight that is most comfortable for you.

Bird Dogs are a classic exercise to help strengthen the core, the spine, the multifidus, the glutes, the shoulder, the hamstring, all the things. 

So start light weight, as usual, you can use a weight in the hand as well or not. You’re going to press through with those shoulder blades, find a neutral spine, not too rounded, not too arched, right in the middle, keep it there, don’t let them move. You want to isolate all of the movement to the shoulder, and to the hip, so there's nothing else moving through here. 

Start: You are going to press the leg back and the arm overhead. Now we want to think about reaching away with the hand and the foot. It’s not so much about reaching up toward the ceiling, it's reaching away with the heel. So I'm pulling that toe up toward the knee, I'm straightening that leg out, and reaching my heel to the wall back there, squeezing the glute, and I'm not letting my lower back get involved. 

Same thing is happening with the arm, reaching forward over my head to the wall, reach reach reach, and if I can go up great, otherwise keep it there, just focus on reaching forward. We don't want to get the upper back so involved in the extension. So repetitions of this, nice and slow, making sure that I am active in both the other arm and the other leg, so I am pressing through with both of them, or you can just hold, you don't have to do reps, it's up to you. Make sure you do both sides as well.



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