Exercises to Train Your Oft-Neglected Hip Muscles

Add these into your program to get your hips stronger in diverse ways

Dylan Dacosta
9 min readMar 29, 2023

I took a yoga class recently with my partner. It didn’t go as well as I had expected. I knew I wasn’t as flexible as I would like, but damn, if it wasn’t more humbling than anticipated.

I can squat and deadlift upwards of 300 pounds when I’m training my lower body rigorously. But this class was a reminder that I don’t train my hips in any sort of diverse way.

I train like a meathead, and I say that with no shame. Regardless, this serving of humble pie encouraged me to revisit alternative hip-strengthening exercises I’ve used with myself and some clients.

This guide is going to skip over the big dogs of hip training. Primarily squatting, lunging and hinging. Training those movements hard is awesome.

I'd strongly suggest you do if you’re not already doing so. But this will be centred around some less conventional ways to train your hips and hitting those muscles less exposed to stimulus in typical gym exercises.

Let’s get to it.

Simple Anatomy

I’ll start by reviewing some basic anatomy of the hips and ways we can train them.



Dylan Dacosta

I am a personal trainer and online coach from Toronto, Ontario. If you like my writing, check out my website! www.five-elements.ca