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-The Diagonal Lo To Hi-


Here’s yet another exercise that can be done with the Superband or JC Band.  If you don’t own a Superband, I highly recommend that you order a couple of ’em!  They aren’t expensive and if you’re eagerly anticipating the release of my MTM 1.0 Ebook, it would be a good idea if you had a few available! 😉

The Diagonal Lo To Hi is a total-body movement that incorporates rotation.  It’s not an exercise for beginners, as it requires a good deal of coordination and body awareness. 

Notice that i’m not bending over in the “start” position.  I’m crouching down.  I make a point to bring this up because often times, i’ll have clients do more bending than crouching!  Drop the hips and keep your chest up.

When you come up and across, it’s really important to push off the inside leg and pivot that foot.  This drives that hip into internal rotation, which not only decreases the torque on the lumbar spine, but is a healthy and important action for the hips!  Most people’s hips are happy to externally rotate, and don’t prefer to internally rotate!  Internal rotation works the glutes, people!  Most people’s glutes don’t work effectively, therefore we must incorporate exercises that encourage this natural action.  If you ever watch a baseball player hitting a ball, pay attention to their legs and hips.  As they follow through, their “trail” leg will internally rotate at the hip.  They just don’t hit the ball and keep their feet planted.  The ball would go nowhere and the force created would not be transferred safely throughout the body.  Internal rotation is a good thing!  It’s an action that is prevalent in sports, but for those who aren’t active, it’s a foreign thing…and it’s something we all must do!

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4 responses

  1. Nancy Lockwood

    Love the exercise. I need to order one or two of those bands.

    April 4, 2009 at 10:19 am

    • we will hook you up!!!!

      April 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

  2. Tonya

    These latest videos have been a great help. I love the cross body band work. It seems very beneficial for the core and strength in extended position where you would normally be at your weakest.

    April 4, 2009 at 10:38 am

    • Yay! Awesome!!!! 🙂 these kinds movements are awesome for the upper back/shoulders!!!!! Perfect for you!!!!!!

      April 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

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