Hip Exercise - Crab Walk

Commonly Used For: Knee pain, hip pain and back pain.

Video Transcription: This is a crab walk exercise which is a great way to strengthen both of your hip abductors at the same time. Having weakness here commonly leads to knee problems so it's really important to have strong hips. So the way that you're going to do this is you want to get in your nice squat position, which means that you're sitting back. You're not letting your knees go beyond your toes. You want to sit back so that the weight's in your heels. Once you're in that position, keeping a nice upright trunk, you're just going to walk to the side. You want to make sure that you keep your feet pointing straight forward. So when you walk, think about leading with your heel rather than leading with your toe. That'll help you keep your feet pointing straight forward. You should feel the burn in your glutes here on the sides. If you feel it in your quads, you're probably tipping too far forward and not sitting back far enough. So make sure that when you get to the squat position, you sit all the way back until you feel your glutes turn on. If that's too easy for you, you can incorporate an exercise band into it. You can get it at any sporting goods store or online [here's one at Amazon.com]. What you're going to do is tie your knees together. You can use different strength bands depending on how difficult you want it to be. And then again, start with your feet hip distance apart, toes pointing straight forward, sitting back until you feel your glutes engaged and then you're just going to crab walk to the side and back. You should feel it right on the outside edges of your hips. And that's your crab walk. If crab walking is still too easy for you with the single tie of the thera band around your knees, you can do it double crossed which you're going to want a nice long exercise band for. So you're going to step on it, do one cross and bring it behind your knees, bring it around the front and cross it again. And then now, maintaining tension in the band, you're going to get down into your nice squat position and do your crab walk from there maintaining the tension in the band. So that's your double cross crab walk.


WARNING! These exercise demonstration videos are designed to be educational. Please consult with your doctor before attempting to perform any of these exercises. If you experience any pain or discomfort, do not continue the exercise. STOP and consult your doctor!