Pilates Exercise: Hip Mobility and Balance

Pilates Exercise: Hip Mobility and Balance

Let's work on our hip mobility and balance! This exercise can help increase your range of motion, build your balance and core strength. Sound good?

This video has not been modified for injury or chronic pain issues. Please talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.

Alright, we're going to be doing a hip mobility exercise. You want to skip this exercise if you have any acute pain in your hips.

I learned this from Tom McCook, so thank you very much Tom.

All right, first thing we're going to do is bring one leg up into our hip socket. That's actually not right in front, but a little bit on the lateral side. You can actually feel how you get a little restriction if you bring your leg right up in front. If you bring it out to the side just a little bit, you'll feel how the femur can fall more easily into the hip socket.

Then, of course, we're going to be thinking about our standing side because It's going to be working a lot. We want to make sure that we are not locking out our knee on the standing leg. We want to feel a lot of glute engagement, as well. Of course, we're going to be feeling our abs working.

Now, we want to make sure that we keep our pelvis as level as possible. I'm not hiking up my pelvis in order to bring my leg up. I'm really trying to see exactly how much hip mobility I have, so I want to keep my pelvis level.

Now once we've established a starting point, I'm going to go ahead, and open up my hip out to the side as much as I can, without the pelvis moving. I'm not going to my pelvis with the hip. I want to keep my pelvis facing front and I just want to move my hip in the socket.

Once I reach my max point on the lateral side, I'm going to switch hands, and I'm going to cross my hip over, and I'm going to go the other way to see what my mobility's like in that direction.

Again, I'm not going to move my pelvis. I'm just moving the hip. Once I've gotten as far as I can, I'll bring it back to the home base position, rest, and then do the other side.

This is a great exercise to the mobility in your hip, and of course work your balance. There's lots of ab and glute working at the same time, as well as finding the mobility in that moving leg.

That's hip mobility and balance.

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Stayed tuned for the next post!  We will see what I have in store for you then.

Until then; Enjoy life, have fun and make it a great day!

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Until next time, enjoy life, have fun, and make it a great day.

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