Trunk Walking

What does Trunk Walking mean? Does it mean going for a walk and dragging your pet elephant around by the trunk? Although that might be a really good resistance training work out, think of the size of the poop bag you’d have to carry. No, that will be another article on lifting and carrying heavy loads.

Trunk walking refers to unleashing the power of the trunk related to walking. The trunk is often an overlooked and forgotten component to training for walking, jogging, and running. When we look at how the body is designed the trunk plays a key role in efficient locomotion. The power comes from how the muscles of the trunk attach to the pelvis and help propel our legs forward.

The muscle of the trunk are the abdominals in the front, oblique muscles on the sides, and back muscles in the back. These muscles crisscross and overlap as they attach the trunk to the pelvis. Because of these overlapping attachments they help propel the pelvis and legs forward like stretching and releasing sets of rubber bands. Different sets of muscles stretch like a rubber band to twist the trunk one way, while the pelvis rotates the opposite way. The stretched rubber bands then contract and shorten twisting the trunk and pelvis opposite ways again. So the trunk and pelvis are always twisting opposite ways, which is what helps propel our legs forward.

How do you incorporate training the trunk into your walking, jogging, or running work outs? That’s easy, place your feet like your walking with one foot forward, the other foot back. Reach your hands in all directions to stretch your trunk muscles in the front, back, and on the sides. You can do this by reaching forward and back, side to side overhead, and twist your trunk by rotating your arms from left to right.

Watch how here:

Dr. Steve Politis, DPT
Physical Therapy Personalized

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