Lateral Band Walk Overview
The lateral band walk is an exercise used to strengthen and build the muscles of the glutes.
One can use the lateral band walk as a warm up/activation exercise or as a glute isolation exercise on their glute/leg workout day.
Lateral Band Walk Instructions
- Begin in an athletic position with your knees bent, hips flexed, and eyes looking straight ahead. Wrap a band around your legs just above your knees.
- Keep the feet at roughly shoulder width apart and step laterally.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions in both directions.
Lateral Band Walk Tips
- As you step, the feet should never come closer than shoulder width apart. The goal of the exercise is to the keep the feet wide, take small steps, and don’t allow the shoulders to move up and down as you step.
- Don’t allow your hips to posteriorly tilt (i.e. your zipper to tilt up towards your face) as you push your knees apart.
- You should feel this primarily in your glute medius (on the upper, outer portion of your hip).
- Your upper body should be slightly tilted forward, your hip angle should be below 90 degrees.
- Don’t allow the edges of your shoes to lift off the ground as you push the knees out. Control the range of motion using your musculature, not momentum.
- If you can’t seem to feel your glutes activating, palpate the musculature with your hands and focus on pausing the movement at the peak of contraction.
- If you find one glute has less contractility than another, perform twice as much volume on that side relative to the other until you have established an efficient mind/muscle connection.