Last week I shared an integrated mobility exercise that opens up some range of motion along an anterior sling connecting the front of one hip with the opposite shoulder.
This variation addresses the same concept on the opposite side of the body, now focusing on the connection between the glute and the opposite lat.
This video is of a “Diagonal Hip Rock w/ Opposite Reach”
A few notes:
✅ Set up on hands and knees and either reach one leg back on ~45° angle or bring one leg up into a “pigeon” position to feel a big stretch in the back of that hip
✅ Sink into the stretch while keeping your hips square to the floor (e.g. don’t open up as in a seated 90-90 position). Holding this position, reach with the opposite arm across your body, side bending through your torso to feel a stretch through the lat.
✅ Each rep, attempt to reach slightly further with your hand, and every few reps try to sink slightly deeper into your hip.
Typically performed for 6-10 reps per side.
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To your success,
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Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.