Hip Burner

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12 Responses to “Hip Burner”

  1. Hi Jeremy,
    I have had both my left and right hip replaced. I am 73 years old. Should I do this exercise? Left hip was last year and right hip was 2007.

    • Absolutely… these moves should be completely within all exercise parameters concerning your hip replacements. Please double check with your medical team since I only have limited information. As always, stop if there is any pain or discomfort.
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

  2. Will doing squats be good enough for external hips / glutes strengthening?

    • Hi John,
      Squats are one of my essential movements in a typical strength phase of someone’s golf fitness program but they won’t target the glutes and hips as much as they will target the quadriceps. Hip hinge movements, like deadlifts and bridges, will better target the glutes. When you add rotation around the hip joint you’ll get an even more golf-specific and well-rounded routine.
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

  3. I am 72 yrs old. I have had weak and painful hips for years. I just kind of blew off adductor and adductor muscles. I recently started seeing a trainer that has been having me do basically the same thing you are demonstrating only from a different position. It is amazing how much this has helped me. The pain is gone and I can actually get out of a chair using just my legs. I can actually step though from a down dog in yoga. I would never have thought a simple little exercise like this could give such profound results.

    • This is a great post Norman. I’m so glad you’re pain free and now doing meaningful things you couldn’t do before. Let this be a lesson to all of us not to be afraid to ask for help and then ultimately take responsibility of our issues and do the work!
      Well done,
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

  4. Thanks for this tip! I have a bad (tight) left hip and am willing to give this a try – slowly but surely. Thanks again.

  5. Hey Jeremy,
    Thanks for all of your instruction. These exercises are paying huge dividends for me. I have a hip rotation question for you today:
    I am an avid cyclist (racing) and put in more than 100 miles per week on the bike. Plus, I am a more than avid golfer who at least hits hundreds of balls a week to stay on my game and get to the course 2x per week or more.
    Now . . . I have fought getting my left hip completely cleared on follow-thru. I can straighten my left leg and get on outside of left foot, BUT this is very difficult. Will this exercise “cure” this issue?
    And are there other hip rotary exercises I can do for mobility and SPEED. The thing is I, I can freely turn my hips FAST without a club. Very fast. I used a Somax hip rotator machine last year. I flick my hips like “snapping a towel.” But I can’t apply this speed with a club in hand. The hips are much more sluggish.
    Can you help?

    Thanks a million for all you teach,

    • Thanks for the nice words. As for this exercise, yes the movement you see is to aid in basic hip rotation mobility, strength and endurance. It will transfer to golf but I would recommend after this exercise that you do drills to get the biggest advantage. As for your sluggish hips… I don’t think it’s your hip’s fault based on your ability to move them so well without a club. I think the sluggish hips you notice are a symptom of trying to get power into the club with your upper body, arms and/or hands. We would have to look at 3D kinematics to prove it but in my experience this is a classic issue. People see their hips aren’t where they want them at impact and blame the hips. 9 times out of 10 it’s an upper body trying to produce power too early. In a ground-> up rotational action like golf, the earlier golfers speed up the club head, ie casting or an early release, the earlier the hips decelerate. The body needs stability to increase speed… it’s called segmental stabilization. Your hips are likely not sluggish, they are actively ‘putting the brakes on’ as a response to your upper body wanting to speed up. Keep working on Paul’s ‘powerless arms’ drills and you’ll see that if you keep the torso, arms, forearms and hands very relaxed your hips won’t decelerate too early like they are now.
      Good luck!!
      Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT

  6. Hey Jeremy,

    How do you get fast hip rotation tied to the swing with the club. I can freely rotate the hips and fast, but not with a club. They are sluggish.
    And is this the exercise for not quite turning left hip all the way to target?

    Thanks a million for all you teach,

    • Thanks. A very thorough response. I agree with you. I hit the ball plenty far but everyone wants more! LOL. I will keep up with Paul’s hip-high swings. In fact, I have worked on 1/2 swings with all my clubs, giving the hands less time to apply any power at all and a bigger work-load on the hips. This short swing sequence REALLY helps too.

      Thanks again!

  7. Jeremy, you mentioned doing squats. I have had both knees replaced and no longer have bone on bone pain. But, both knee caps hurt doing squats or walking down hill. Any suggestions on how to relieve knee cap pain?

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