The hip press is a key exercise used by personal trainers. It builds essential hamstring and glute strength. Check out why it’s important, who it’s good for and how to execute it correctly.

Why it’s important

Extension is the opposite of flexion. Flexion is where you spend most of your day (driving, sitting, eating, reading this post, typing this post) so hip extension opens up the areas that tend to get tight during prolonged inactive periods. It’s also a great way to get the glutes firing.

Who it’s good for

The hip press should be on the “must-do” list for everyone.

Execute it

From supine position (on back), bend one knee so foot is below knee on ground, other leg extended so upper leg bones are side by side. Pushing through heel of “down” leg, lift and lower the hips for 15-20 reps before switching legs. Range of motion (ROM) should be big and controlled in both directions. Modify by doing two-leg press.

Jeremy’s personal training philosophy

Portland personal trainer Jeremy HyattIt’s important to start with the basics and move from there. Too often, people get into complicated movements and goals before they have the proper fundamentals, which can lead to negative results.

My number one job is to get my clients stronger for the things they want and need to do.

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