Lateral band walks use an elastic exercise band placed around the ankles to help strengthen the hip abductors (outer hip muscles). These muscles are responsible for ensuring proper alignment and mechanics during running. Many runners, especially women, have weak hip abductors.
Lateral Band Walks:
Keep the feet parallel to each other. The tendency is to turn the toes on the lead foot out and compensate for weak hip abductors by using the hip flexors. Press through the heels and stay in a slight squat with the back flat.