How Kettlebells Can Improve Hip Mobility
You have seen them in the corner of the gym.
You have seen guys and gals swinging them around in dangerous fashion.
You have even seen some people do rather impressive feats of strength with them.
But you have never actually used one (walking over and picking one up and swinging it around a bit, then putting it back when no one else is in that area of the gym doesn’t count).
Well, today is your lucky day!
I am going to give you a Kettlebell (KB) exercise that you can do in the gym and this one will actually improve your hip mobility (remember: mobility is the combination of flexibility and stability).
When people look at you sideways in the gym, just tell them “it’s a goalie thing, you wouldn’t understand.”
Here’s exactly how to do it:
- Keep your bum down. Do NOT bend from the waist; that will put a ton of load on your back.
- Move your hips side to side as you weave the figure 8, otherwise you will just be twisting your spine to get side-to-side and that isn’t what we are after.
- Do NOT pick the heaviest KB you can find. Start with something around 15 pounds and follow the progression by adding changes of direction. THEN consider going a bit heavier, but this will never be a strength exercise with a lot of load; that’s not the purpose.
- Start with eight in each direction. When you start doing random changes of direction, then do it for a set time (30 to 60 seconds).
Hockey strength and conditioning coach Maria Mountain, MSc specializes in off-ice training for hockey goalies. As the founder of www.GoalieTrainingPro.com and the owner of Revolution Sport Conditioning in London, Ontario, Maria has trained Olympic Gold medalists, a Stanley Cup Champ and athletes from MLB, NHL, AHL, CHL, CIS and more.
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