All locomotion activities, from basic walking and running, to the complex patterns that occur in athletic events, occur
one leg at a time. To improve these functions, then, it is necessary to become stronger on a single leg to strengthen and
stabilize the hips. The anterior reach, one of our favorites at IHP, is one of the best exercises to accomplish these goals.
This single leg exercise trains the core muscles on the back of the body: the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back muscles to
enhance stride length in running, increase hip stability for multi-directional movements, or simply make it easier to stand
up out of a chair.
Many variations of the anterior reach can challenge even the most advanced training client. Technique is king over difficulty,
however, so be sure to never sacrifice your form. Try the anterior reach standing on an unstable surface, reaching across
the body, or while holding a dumbbell. Whatever you do, remember that balance and core stability is the whole point of the