Consider alternatives if your rehab has you exercising while lying down


cultural norm has people doing rehab exercises laying downWe really need to rethink this!

It’s interesting how stuck we can get with certain ideas that have become cultural norms.

In many cases, rehab or therapy has become something that people do lying down.

If a persons’ limitations prevent them from standing or being in certain positions that is a different story.

But, for the general population and athletes, it is critical that exercises become position specific to how a person intends to use their body.

Enter the SAID Principle – Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands.

Simply put, we get better at whatever it is that we do.

The floor might be an appropriate starting place for building initial awareness to a new exercise.

But, as soon as you can, people need to be working towards gaining competency in seated, standing and specific positions.

With locomotion soon after.

If you consider the Said Principle, then all those side lying clam shells we’ve all tried were really just making us better at side lying clam shells!

Once we get to a full standing position gravity has a completely different influence on the way we move.

Vision, vestibular and proprioceptive inputs are totally different.

So, is it possible to do 12 weeks of rehab in the wrong position and actually not get anything out of it?


It happens all the time.

I’ve even seen long-term rehab efforts executed in the supine position cause catastrophic problems for people.

Especially with vestibular, breathing and pelvic floor issues.

I’ve learned from my own “face palms” after observing results from many different attempts at floor exercises – they have a really lousy transfer (almost none) to real life.

At TMP, specificity is everything.

It has to be!

Because, no two people are alike.

Taylor Kruse_5 reebokAbout the Author:

Taylor Kruse is dedicated to empowering you with the truth and tools for improved health and performance.

His inspiration stems from more than 10 years of education and coaching through systems like Zhealth Performance, The Burdenko Method, and various movement practices.



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