Hip Strength: A Key to Preventing Injuries
By Ryann Roberts, DPT, CrossFit Level 1 Certified Trainer

AZOPT Owner and Physical Therapist

As I wrap up another CrossFit Open season, I look forward to the upcoming training year to set new goals. Staying injury free is my most important goal! Last year, I missed four months of weight training due to a groin pull injury.

Injuries are a part of our daily lives, but when they occur they are disappointing. One of the best ways to prevent injuries is to maintain a strong core, including the hips. Strong hips along with abdominals give us the ability to perform golf, tennis, pickle ball, softball, gardening, and if you’re like me – CrossFit and triathlons. Good strength of the hips helps support our lower extremities and low back. In more ballistic type movements, the hips are very important for all parts of the body. They are the powerhouse of our systems.

Below is a link to guide you through strengthening your hips. I will be doing these all year long in an attempt to avoid another injury. Take your time and ease into these hip strengthening exercises, gradually building up to three sets of 15 reps of each exercise, performed three times per week.


Call us at AZOPT if you have any questions, concerns, or want a Movement Assessment to see what other exercises may be beneficial for your specific needs.

Our FREE Movement Assessment is a great injury prevention tool for active people of all ages. This 15 minute exam performed by a licensed physical therapist will assess your strength, range of motion, stability, balance, and flexibility. Based on these results, you will receive a customized stretching and exercise program that will help lower your risk of injury.

Injuries hurt. But beyond the pain, injuries are also inconvenient to your work, fitness, and activity schedule, not to mention costly. Be stronger, safer, and healthier by scheduling your FREE Movement Assessment with AZOPT!

Through this assessment, a licensed physical therapist will:

  • Identify any pains or limitations that may affect your success.
  • Teach additional stretches and exercises designed to improve your body’s function during your workouts.
  • Help prevent injuries by determining specific muscle weaknesses and address them with a strengthening program.
  • Evaluate stabilizing muscles to support the high intensity activities.

Call (623) 242-6908 to schedule.