If your hips are out of whack, your whole body suffers, which is why doing exercises for hip stability is so important.
Weak hips can lead to a host of injuries, including patellofemoral syndrome, iliotibial band friction syndrome and even shin splints, since when the hip muscles are weak (particularly the gluteus medius, which rotates and abducts the hip joint), it results in a collapse of the kinetic chain.
What Does Hip Instability Feel Like?
Cue deep aches in the hip joints and clicking you can feel and hear when you walk or run. Hip instability may even mean you can move your hip in and out of the joint.
Obviously, hip instability sucks, and it can be incredibly painful—that's the bad news.
The good news is this exercise for hip stability can help.
Try This Exercise for Hip Stability
The lateral band squat is one of the best exercises to improve hip stability. It not only strengthens your hip adductors (especially your gluteus medius), but it promotes knee stability.
Lateral Band Squat
In addition to your hips, the lateral band squat will work your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves.
Why is the Core Band so important?
The Core Band is essential to this move because it forces your gluteus medius to work against resistance, thereby forcing your brain to THINK about stabilizing your hips instead of letting your thighs and knees collapse inward, which is what weak hips often allow to happen.
Our Core Band will remind you to drive your knee outward, prompting your weaker gluteus medius into action.
Seeing benefits from this exercise for hip stability is as easy as performing 10-12 lateral squats on EACH SIDE for 2-3 sets, three times a week. Add it to your next workout!