Trainers Say These Hip Exercises Make Everyday Life Easier

Trainers Say These Hip Exercises Make Everyday Life Easier

Hip conditioning might not seem thrilling when you’re looking for a fun, new workout routine. But I'm here to convince you otherwise.

Experts say that hip strengthening moves are absolutely essential, especially for women. The hips are part of the lumbo pelvic hip complex (LPHC), and that group does a lot.

The LPHC is the powerhouse joint responsible for many daily movements—sitting, walking, squatting, bending over to pick stuff up—ya catch my drift. If these muscles aren’t strong, they can put unnecessary stress on your hips and cause hip pain, muscle imbalances, compensations, and injuries, says Kelly Cole, CPT, a NASM personal trainer and fitness entrepreneur based in New York. So, keeping that area in tip-top shape will make life a lot easier.

Meet the experts: Kelly Cole, CPT, is a NASM-certified personal trainer and fitness entrepreneur based in New York. Rachel Nicks, CPT, is a trainer for Mirror and a certified Hatha yoga, barre, TRX, kettlebell, Pilates, prenatal and postpartum fitness instructor.

The best hip exercises also help your mobility and endurance and engage your core. "With better range of motion, you can increase strength,” says Rachel Nicks, CPT, a Mirror trainer and fitness instructor. When you’re doing these exercises, how your pelvis is positioned should be top of mind. “It's really important that you have a neutral pelvis in order to fully engage your pelvic floor," says Nicks. When you do, you can fully engage your core, she adds. (Bonus core work, score!)

Didn't I tell you working the hips could be exciting? Read on for the 12 best hip exercises for strength and mobility. These moves fire up your hip flexors, glutes, thighs, and hamstrings, and are suitable for all fitness levels—the last two of which are perfect finishers to rev your heart rate.

Five Effective Hip-Strengthening Exercises:
- High Knees
- Squat
- Inchworm
- Side Lunge
- Reverse Lunge

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These are the best hip exercises to alleviate hip pain and improve flexibility and strength in the fronts, sides, and back of hips, according to a trainer.