Correcting a “Swerve” Caused by Hip Imbalance During Squats

Correcting a “Swerve” Caused by Hip Imbalance During Squats



Correcting Hip Swerve During Squats
Experiencing a swivel, or swerve, caused by a muscular imbalance in the hips, is a common issue that can affect the rhythm of your squats and risk injury. The root of the problem is normally tight hip flexors (mainly the iliopsoas muscles), adductors, abductors, a weak gluteus muscle, or a combination of several of the above. Therefore it is also wise to incorporate stretches that target those muscles along with single leg exercises, such as Bulgarian squats, lunges, box step ups, etc.

In this video, I will give you a cool training hack that can be used during squats to help correct the problem, but before getting to this point I recommend going through a few weeks of glute activation to make sure that you are able to squat with proper form using full range of motion.

You can see my previous videos on glute activation here:
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How to Activate Your Glutes with Dominant Quads

How to Activate Your Glutes with Dominant Quads




There are quite a few biomechanical issues that could prevent a person from squatting ass-to-the-grass. In some cases, the anatomy of the bones in a person’s legs (femur and tibia) can play a major role, but even those people should be able to squat low enough to get their legs just below a 90° angle, at least. If you are not getting lower than 90° while squatting you will not be using your glutes at all. In other words, you’re cheating yourself!

Assuming that you are among the most common groups of gym goers, and that your femur and tibia bones are
around about the same length, you will have to use some crafty techniques in order to bring your posterior muscles back out of their slumber if they have been hibernating. Dominant quadriceps can stop you from targeting and accessing these muscle fibres.

Decline hip thrusters are great for glute activation. As explained in the vid, this exercise is a straight forward way to hit glutes while excluding quads. This move also works for people who have to overextend their lower backs in order to get all the way down, or fall victim to a combination of both.


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Resistance Band Dead Lift

Resistance Band Dead Lift


Main Muscles: Hamstrings, Gluteus Maximus, Latissimus Dorsi

Key Points:
– Keep your back straight, ass out and chest high
– The band should be under the arches of your feet
– Drive your feet through the floor and thrust your hips forward when exploding upwards
– Use a slow, controlled movement on the descent
– Use full range of motion
Single Arm Racked KB Reverse Crossover Lunges

Single Arm Racked KB Reverse Crossover Lunges

Main Muscles: Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Maximus, Hamstrings

Key Points:

– Hold the KB in a racked position

– Keep your chest high, back straight and core tight

– While keeping your shoulders as square as possible, twist your hips to perform a “curtsy” movement

– Give your back knee plenty of room to bend under the front

– Tap your knee to the floor with resting and push through the heel to drive yourself upwards

Single Leg Hip Thrusters

Single Leg Hip Thrusters



Main Muscles: Gluteus Maximus & Hamstrings


Key Points:
– Rest the bar across your pelvis
– Keep the back of your shoulders on the floor
– Extend the nonworking leg out and keep it off of the floor
– Drive your heel through the floor and push your hips as high as possible
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