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Written on April 23, 2012 at 7:14 pm, by Eric Cressey
It goes without saying that poor adductor length is a huge problem in many of the athletes I encounter, particularly those participating in sports (e.g., hockey, soccer, baseball) involving a lot of extension and rotation. As a result, we always spend a lot of time with self myofascial release, static stretching, and mobility exercises for the adductors.
As I’ve written in the past, though, after you transiently reduce stiffness in a tissue, you want to build some stability through that newfound range-of-motion. Unfortunately, it isn’t exactly easy to load folks up in the frontal plane, and some folks still won’t be able to get in to a lateral lunge position without pitching forward. Enter the Dumbbell Goblet Lateral Lunge, which borrows the “counterbalancing” benefits we see with a traditional goblet squat to allow us to get back “into” the hip and build some longer-term mobility in the frontal plane.
I don’t worry about folks really loading this up; in fact, form tends to break down a bit if you go heavier than 40 pounds with the dumbbell. We’ll usually include it as the last exercise on a lower-body day, for 2-3 sets of 8-10 reps.
We spend a lot of time focusing on building strength and power, but a lot of times, movement quality gets overlooked. Here’s an exercise that helps you to improve the latter without forgetting the former. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!
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