For the last few months, we have been playing with our hip mobility. A lot of our focus has been on rotation. Why? Because no other movement can be accessed or gained without it.
The hips move in 6 ways – extension (leg moves behind you), flexion (leg drives in from of you), adduction (legs squeeze together), abduction (legs move away from each other), internal rotation (thigh spirals inward), and external rotation (thigh spirals outward).
Below are a few videos that work with hip internal and external rotation. This is a great starting point for anyone looking for more freedom in their hips. Want more? Check out my full hip mobility program featured this week on the Koa Fit Online platform.
This week, we are looking at hip rotation. Try this hip internal rotation exercise to gain more mobility through the hip capsule. Then, follow it up with the cross-over step-up to strengthen that new mobility.
We are working on our hip external rotation this week. If you are stiff in the hip when trying to cross an ankle over the knee (say to tie a shoelace), these are for you. Work on the end-range of motion and strength these muscles for better stability when walking and to help relieve low-back tension.
This week we are working on our hip abduction. Hip abduction is when one leg moves towards the side, or away from the center line. The most obvious and common ways we use this movement in our daily lives is when getting in and out of bed, in and out of the car, or side-stepping out of the way.
Weakness in this area can cause the hip to “cave” to the outside which causes the knee to dip inward when walking or going up steps. These 2 motions can lead to hip and knee pain.
In the past few months, I was able to attend 2 workshops from Functional Range Systems. I am beyond impressed with this system and its ability to not only improve mobility, but push the upper limits of increasing strength. Due to the specificity of the system, the ability to make these gains can all be done with less volume and less stress on the body. It is the definition of working smarter.
All month long, I will be posting exercises and movements that utilize this system. This system has a high focus on the joint capsules. Try them out and let me know what you think.
Last week , we worked on hip external rotation. This week, we are focused on hip internal rotation. Why all the focus on rotation? Because rotation is where we can access the stability and strength of the hip joint. Not only do our muscles need to be strong, but we also need to have stable joints so we can use the full capacity of our strength.
We can test out that strength and stability with the BONUS VIDEO from Gerry Halverson.
We are targeting the hips this week. Try out this external rotation stretch to open up the sides and back of the hips. Then, challenge your balance, core and hip strength with this dynamic version of a dipping bird. Also, check out our BONUS video from Koa Fit Trainer, Gerry Halverson, and head outdoors for some hip training.