We’re always on the lookout for the best moves we’re not doing. Whether it’s a new exercise that works weak muscles or just new variations on our favourite moves, we love it when trainers bring up unique ways to work out.
That’s just what Joey Thurman, author and trainer, brought to us, as you can see in the video above. It’s called the Copenhagen Hip Abduction—why, we’re not sure—and it’s one hell of a tough move.
“This is great for the abductors, the obliques, and shoulders,” Thurman says. That’s music to our ears because those are some of the typically most underworked muscles.
What you do is start with a side plank, and then bring your leg out onto space—a table, a chair, whatever. Bring your other leg right under you. “Now, with your abs engaged, chin up, chest up, we’re going to drop that leg and hips down and pull up past neutral,” Thurman demonstrates.
Basically, you’re rocking up and down on one leg. “The abductors are really going to be stabilising and frying out, as well as your shoulders and your obliques,” Thurman says.
This move gives you a solid boost in mobility, which is ideal for any guy who practices sports or moves laterally during his workouts.
It’s not for the faint of heart, though. Thurman recommends doing only a few reps if you’re just getting started. When you’re a pro, you should be able to do 12-15 reps a few times a week.
The Copenhagen Hip Abduction is a smart exercise that’ll make you move better. Despite the odd name, you should be doing it.
By Ben Radding