As coaches we are always trying to find resources and ways to educate you guys and girls on anything we feel is relevant to leading a better life. Whether its CrossFit specific, nutrition, or just general lifestyle, if we feel its relevant, we share it! Something I came across recently on Instagram was a simple glute engagement/adductor opening exercise. While it does look simple, I challenge everyone to give it a try! I did it for a couple sets and it took a little fine tuning but I found the movement to be a great glute activator and it helped open up my hips. Be careful though, you do need to pay a lot of attention to detail on this one, as it can be done incorrectly very easily. Take note of in the description as it talks about how you must retain a tight midline, neutral pelvis and spine, and that you shouldn’t be able to move crazy far! This exercise requires minimal range of motion to be effective.
This is a great movement for people who have weaker glutes or aren’t sure if there glutes are firing. If you have trouble doing this exercise or don’t feel activation in the glutes, then guess what…you need to work on glute strength and building a better mind muscle connection with your booty! I know it sounds like we are beating a dead horse but glute engagement is absolutely essential for performing compound squatting (i.e. back squat) and hinging (i.e. deadlifting) movements. Please ask a coach if you need help with glute engaging exercises!