The bird-dog is a canny canine used by hunters to help find and retrieve game. Pointers, retrievers, setters and spaniels come into the category, and the one thing that links them apart from their ability to sniff out prey is a rock solid core. While you won’t gain the means to smell out a pheasant’s roost by doing the bird-dog crunch, you will be doing your core a favour.
Core, balance, flexibility, they’ll all be improved with the bird-dog exercise. The constant balancing act strengthens the core just as much as the crunching, and you should also be more mobile in the hips and shoulders departments after a few weeks of bird-dogging. The movement also works out the muscles that support your spine, making it a fine antidote to lower back issues caused by day after day of sitting hunched over a desk.
How To Do The Bird-Dog Crunch
Start on your hands and knees, much like a regular dog. Stretch your right arm out in front of you, hold for a moment to get your balance, then extend your left leg out behind you. This is the bit that resembles a bird-dog, pointing out the prey for the hunter….Read Full Article….
Original Article: The Bird-Dog Crunch
By: NICK HARRIS-FRY