Exercise of the Week: Resisted Lateral Squat

Build hip and leg strength by learning how to perform the Resisted Lateral Squat, this week's Exercise of the Week.

Resisted Lateral Squat

Every Wednesday, STACK features an Exercise of the Week to help you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility. This week we highlight the Resisted Lateral Squat, a lower body exercise that develops muscles around the hips.

Who's Doing It

  • Drew Brees, NFL Quarterback

Muscular Benefits

  • Increases inner and outer hip strength, including the glute and groin muscles
  • Improves overall hip and leg strength and stability

Resisted Lateral Squat Sports Performance Benefits

  • Creates balanced hip strength—critical for athletes who are constantly changing directions, such as hockey players
  • Increases abductor [outer hip] strength, which prevents the knees from collapsing inward when squatting or landing from a jump
  • Helps prevent knee injuries
  • Improves skill or exercise technique

Resisted Lateral Squat Description

  • Assume athletic position with resistance band around ankles
  • Step to side with right leg into wide stance
  • Bend at hips to lower into squat
  • Simultaneously drive up out of squat and step with left leg toward body to return to start position; repeat for specified reps
  • Perform set in opposite direction

Sets/Reps: 3x8 each direction

Resisted Lateral Squat Coaching Points

  • Keep tension on resistance band throughout movement
  • Prevent knees from collapsing inward
  • Maintain tight core
  • Keep chest and head up

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