Many patients, especially the more athletically inclined think the "lowly" bridge is an easy exercise not worth their time. When cued appropriately, the double leg bridge is a great regression to hip hinging and way to groove hip extension. This is especially important after restoring hip extension after manual therapies the patient cannot replicate away from your office.
Patients also often complain of lumbar pain when doing bridges incorrectly, instead of hip hinging, recruiting lumbar extensors. The below cues should minimize that.
Here are 5 Bridging Cues to Maximize Hip Extensors and Minimize Lumbar Recruitment
Try these cues for either double or single leg bridging and see if you notice a difference. There should be quite a bit more perceived effort and difficulty holding it for prolonged periods. Work up to 3 sets of 1 minute as my arbitrary recommendation for endurance ;)
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