Step 1

This exercise is a dynamic movement exercise used to prepare the body for activity. As it involves a modification to a traditional bird-dog exercise, it is highly recommended you master your bird-dog technique before attempting the dirty dog.

Step 2

Starting Position: Kneel on an exercise mat, positioning your knees and feet hip-width apart, with your feet dorsi-flexed (toes pointing towards your body). Slowly lean forward to place your hands on the mat, positioning them directly under your shoulders at shoulder-width with your hands facing forward.

Step 3

Reposition your hands and knees as necessary so that your knees are directly under your hips, and hands are directly under your shoulders. Gently stiffen your abdominal / core muscles to position your spine in a neutral position, avoiding any sagging or arching.

Step 4

Rotation Movement: Exhale and gently lift one knee off the floor, and while maintaining the bent-knee position, slowly externally rotate it outwards and upwards. Attempt to move the leg and minimize rotating your trunk.

Step 5

Hold this position briefly, while keeping a stable trunk and head level with your spine, then slowly lower your knee back towards the floor. Pause briefly, then repeat.

Step 6

Repeat with the opposite leg.