This is a good one for 2 reasons.
#1 Indirect hip mobility
Let’s be honest, you probably don’t do enough mobility work. And I’m right there with you. I like to get in, get out, and quite often mobility work gets pushed to the side to make time for lifting weights or doing more fun things.
Well now you can train AND do mobility work! IT’S THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS!
The wide stance will get your hips out of the sagittal plane (front and back) and into the frontal plane, something that doesn’t happen too often in your regularly daily routine. This will help keep your hips nice and mobile, which will keep you healthier for longer.
#2 Anti-rotation core exercise
Core training is all about resisting motion at the spine, not creating it. This exercise does just this. As you pull the band or cable across your body, your core will need to work hard to stabilize your lumbar spine or else it’ll be flexed and rotated out of position. Exercises like this keep your spine healthy, and it will thank you when you’re 65 and still moving like a spry spring chicken.
- Assume a wide enough stance to feel a stretch in your adductors (groin). The stance will vary for every individual.
- Brace your abs. Focus on not letting your low back arch or rotate throughout the movement.
- Focus on moving through your arms, not torso.
- Keep your arms relatively straight as you pull across your body.
- Ideally this is done with a cable, but a band will suffice.