The Sweep Squat is a great exercise that manages to help build strength, while also helping improve your hip joint’s range of motion. Why is this so cool? Well, most clients or athletes that I work with have restricted internal or external hip rotation that can seriously hinder performance. We can help combat this issue by working on movements that increase your hip mobility, such as this sweep squat.
A lot of fitness enthusiasts can really benefit from this type of exercise. The problem is that most lower body exercises that I see performed are predominately in what’s called the sagital plane. The ankle, knee, hip and spine are basically all in the same line and they are only flexing and extending or bending and straightening. While this isn’t necessarily bad, it can be a bit of an overkill, especially when you think that we spend the majority of our days in a flexed hip position (seated at the desk, car or couch) and usually only extend at the hip when we are walking or running.
It’s really rare to see any lateral (sideways) movements and almost unheard of to see any rotary hip movements. Yet, being able to move through all possible joint ranges of motion can not only help prevent injury, but can also have a high carry over to your overall athleticism.
So, take a look at this “Sweep Squat” video and get ready to open up those hips!