Side Bridge Hip Abduction (star)

Side Bridge Hip Abduction (star)

The Side Bridge Hip Abduction (star) is a challenging exercise that targets the hips, core, and glutes. This exercise is designed to improve hip stability, strengthen the lateral muscles of the hip, and enhance overall balance. It is a variation of the traditional side bridge exercise, with the added benefit of hip abduction. To perform the Side Bridge Hip Abduction (star), start by lying on your side with your legs extended and stacked on top of each other. Prop yourself up on your forearm, making sure your elbow is directly below your shoulder. Engage your core muscles and lift your hips off the ground, maintaining a straight line from your head to your feet. Once you are stable in the side bridge position, slowly lift your top leg, keeping it straight and in line with your body. This leg lift movement is the hip abduction component of the exercise. Raise your leg as high as you comfortably can without compromising your balance or form. Hold the raised leg for a brief moment, then slowly lower it back down. Repeat the movement for the desired number of repetitions before switching to the other side. The Side Bridge Hip Abduction (star) is a fantastic exercise to incorporate into your routine if you want to work on your lateral hip muscles, improve hip stability, and strengthen your core. As with any exercise, it is essential to maintain proper form and start with a weight or intensity level that challenges you but allows for correct execution. Remember to breathe throughout the exercise and listen to your body's limits. By progressively increasing the difficulty of this exercise over time, you can continue to challenge yourself and make strides towards your fitness goals.

Instructions

  • Start by lying on your side with your legs extended and stacked on top of each other.
  • Prop yourself up on your forearm, making sure your elbow is directly beneath your shoulder.
  • Engage your core and lift your hips off the ground, creating a straight line from your head to your feet.
  • While keeping your body in this side bridge position, lift your top leg up towards the ceiling.
  • Pause for a moment at the top, squeezing your glutes and outer hips.
  • Slowly lower your leg back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Switch to the other side and repeat the movement.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles throughout the exercise to maintain stability and control.
  • Focus on maintaining proper alignment by keeping your body in a straight line from head to toe.
  • To challenge yourself further, add resistance by using ankle weights or a resistance band around your legs.
  • Start with a shorter hold time and gradually increase the duration as you build strength and stability.
  • Keep your breath steady and controlled throughout the exercise to enhance overall performance.
  • Ensure that your hips remain lifted and do not drop towards the ground during the movement.
  • Always listen to your body and modify the exercise if necessary to avoid discomfort or pain.
  • To intensify the workout, incorporate variations such as leg lifts or pulsing motions while in the side bridge position.
  • Include this exercise as part of a well-rounded workout routine that includes cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility work.
  • Incorporate a proper warm-up and cool-down session before and after performing this exercise to prevent injury and promote recovery.
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