Today I’ve got a few different exercises and stretches for you to do to increase your hip mobility, loosen your hips, and set your self up for better squats in the future. Increasing your hip mobility can also help protect your lower back and relieve back pain, as well as increase athletic performance. Check them out below!
While I was injured I had to get creative with exercises. I couldn't do heavy traditional lifts so I increased intensity with range of motion with a high step up. This is a great exercise to stretch out the hips, increase range of motion and work your quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves. Make sure your knee starts above hips to create that deep squat feel. You don't need heavy weights with this particular exercise, as the intensity is the range of motion.
I’m all for a crazy heavy weight training workout but sometimes you just can’t get to the gym but want to get a great workout in. You will be hard pressed to find a better home based leg exercise than the split squat.
Here my client Charlotte demonstrates a slightly advanced version for people that have the mobility and strength. It is called the Front Foot Elevated Split Squat. This exercise fries your quads and glutes and gives you a great stretch in your hips. If you can not do this variation you can simply omit the box(step) in front and have your front foot on the ground. Give it a try and get those legs cranking! Start out with low reps but once you mastered your form pump those reps upwards to 15-20 each leg! Do a few sets of high rep split squats once or twice a week and you will notice your legs becoming stronger and leaner!