Bird Dog

Bird Dog Exercise – Martial Arts Strength Training

This page looks at the strength training exercise known as the “Bird Dog” exercise. This is an exercise that will build up core strength and add some variety to martial arts conditioning routines. A strong core helps punching powerkicking power and grappling techniques. Some martial artists also develop their core muscles in order to better absorb hits (i.e. a punch to the stomach).

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For more core exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Core Strength page.

Instructional Video for Bird Dog Exercises