Your hip muscles need love and attention for a few different reasons. My favourite two are that well developed hip muscles look great and when your hip muscles are strong you will be more resistant to injury. Movements of the hip occur because multiple muscles activate at once. Hence the variety of images I've included in this post. If you're going to work out I think you owe it to yourself to learn more about your anatomy so that you can responsibly understand more about the muscles you are trying to strengthen and develop. The hip abductors and adductors are considered an antagonistic pair: As one muscle group contracts, the other group relaxes. The abductors, including the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus, tensor fasciae latae, sartorius, and piriformis, are responsible for moving your leg away from your body's midline. In essence, every time you take a lateral step, or swing your leg off the side of the bed, your abductors are contracting. The adductors, primarily the adductor magnus, minimus, brevis, and longus (with the gracilis and pectineus playing a part), perform the opposite role, contracting whenever you need to draw your leg toward your body's midline.
The abductors in particular are notoriously weak in many people, which can potentially contribute to back pain, among other problems. Weak adductors are a notorious contributor to both groin strains and knee pain. So yes, they matter. Now as for training them effectively, efficiently and safely? Leave it to the professionals. Message me today to find out how you can get on with one of my trainers. We would be more than happy to help you get the results you deserve.
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