When it comes to the exercise called bridging, you’ll find it to be an art, a science and one helluva workout.
There are many variations of the bridge – and the one I’m most famous for teaching is the”wrestler’s bridge” – sometimes erroneously referred to as a “neck bridge.” Calling this wonderful total body exercise a “neck bridge” makes about as much sense as calling pushups “wrist benders.”
When you do a wrestler’s bridge correctly you are using your lower back, abdominals, hips, buttocks, legs and diaphragm MORE than your neck. So you have to be an idiot to call it a “neck bridge.”
Not only that but bridging is one of the all-time best exercises for eliminating lower back pain. How could this be if it was all about the neck.
Yes, there are a few people who bash the bridge – but their bashing comes from ignorance rather than real world science. Those who slam bridging don’t know how to do a bridge correctly – and they really don’t want to because they have something else to sell you, like a ridiculous neck machine, neck harness or another neck routine. It’s all bunk and junk compared to the overall benefits of bridging – along with the other neck and back exercises I teach in Combat Conditioning.
Bridging helps eliminate back pain for many reasons – foremost of which is the fact that it simultaneously stretches and strengthens the muscles of the back and core while giving the spine a much needed arch.
The very act of sitting causes the vertebrae to compress – so each time you bridge, even if over a ball, you relieve pressure from the spine and increase energy throughout the entire system. Your spine is the electrical switch for the entire body – so anytime you work on increasing flexibility in the spine via bridging – you light your body from within.
Your internal organs, spine, brain and muscles benefit. And when combined with deep breathing, chi flow throughout all the body’s meridians expands. This also accounts for the “glow” and peace of mind you will feel after holding for three minutes. Your body and mind have been joined – at the hip, spine and core.
If you’d like to know even more on the Science of Bridging, you’ll find it on the Furey Faithful member’s site, wherein top orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Bill Stillwell,
uses x-rays of the cervical vertebrae to explain the science of this wonderful exercise.
If you’re not yet a member of the Furey Faithful – there are many benefits and gifts that come along with – including a test-drive of the member’s site.