Glut Strengthening: Get Stronger So You Can Walk, Run and Ski With More Ease

Are you wanting to run or ski with more control and strength? Want to carve the slopes with more ease? Try our easy glut strengthening exercise which is simple to do at home. This will help you be stronger and move better.

Hi this is Dana Ranahan of Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and today I want to show you an exercise to strengthen your hips. This will help improve your performance for sports and athletics, like skiing.

So grab a stretchy band or or a piece of Thera-band and wrap it around your knees, just above the knee. This way, when we pull out it helps to activate our glute muscles.

  • Come down into a little squat where you’re going to let your hips sink back a little bit in space
  • Then we’re going to work on side stepping back and forth.
  • When I go to move my foot, I want to work to stay strong as I’m shifting my weight.
  • Side stepping back and forth, really working to stay solid and controlled through your upper body.
  • Keep the hip, knee and foot in line, not allowing the knee to come in.
  • As I go wide I’m kind of pushing the pressure out through the side.

This a great exercise to help strengthen your glutes. You can use a mirror to watch yourself, and as you side step you should feel like your weight stays relatively central. So as you work on this, you’ll feel the muscles in the lateral part of your hips working.

Great hip strengthener, give it a try. For more hip and leg exercises, check out our other videos.