Lateral Band Walks (also known as Monster Walks) can be done with a circle band. However you can also do “x-band walks” with a flat band.
The nice thing about this exercise is that it targets your gluteus medius muscle while also engaging your gluteus maximus and TFL (tensor fasciae latae) muscles. Studies have shown that the more distal (or further away) the band is placed from your glutes the greater activation you will get – because it places more stress on the muscles. So, if you want to get the highest level of glute activation, place the band around your feet. But be mindful before you do this. It’s important to master your technique and allow yourself to focus on the proper muscle utilization BEFORE you jump to the most challenging variation.
In other words, if this exercise is new for you start with a band at knee height and progress accordingly.
Here are some key things to focus on when performing your Lateral Band Walks:
- Maintain an athletic stance (knees bent, chest up, core tight)
- Hips, knees, and feet should be square and be aligned forward
- As you walk lateral focus on leading the movement with your heel and don’t let your foot turn outwards
- Keep your reps high and change directions regularly so you don’t lose form
If you have questions about this exercise (or others) please contact us.