Alternating Hip Opener

Learn how to perform hip openers correctly with instructions and video guide by SHOCK Fitness Trainer, Ashley Steele!

How to Alternating Hip Opener

Exercise Families: Warm Up

Equipment: Bodyweight

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Stand with your feet more than shoulder-width apart. Slightly angle both feet outward approximately 10 to 20 degrees, resting your hands on your upper thighs.

  2. Shift your weight to your right leg by pushing your hips back and to the right, holding your left straight. As your body descends laterally, keep your hips level like they are sliding across a shelf.

  3. Quickly shift your weight from one heel to the other and continue alternating for the specified amount of time or repetitions. Work to keep your knees aligned with your toes, with both heels glued to the ground.

  4. Hip openers are a great exercise used as a dynamic stretch or warm-up for the lower body. You should feel it stretching your hip flexors, glutes, groin, hamstrings, and quads.

Alternative Exercises:

Lateral Squat  Lateral Lunge

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