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The diagonal power lift is a modified power lift technique that can be used for managing heavy and/or awkward items. It can be helpful when lifting items from the floor and when performing controlled lowering.

lifting example

As you can see above, it is important to use a wide stance and keep the object as close to the body as possible. When lowering the object, focus on pushing your hips back to maintain good ear, shoulder, and hip alignment. Hinge at the hips rather than at the waist or belly button. This technique can be especially effective for individuals with knee soreness, as the position decreases strain on the knee joints.

Tips When Using the Diagonal Power Lift

  • Use a wide base of support with your toes pointed slightly outward
  • Actively squeeze your glute muscles on the way up
  • Take a deep breath and exhale as you lift, this will help activate your core
  • Keep your head and chest up

The diagonal power lift can be used in the context of both daily functional and work tasks and can help reduce injury risk. Consider trying this technique when:

  • Lifting objects from the floor that are heavy
  • Lifting objects that are awkwardly shaped
  • Lifting objects from the floor or a low surface when there is not a lot of space