IT Band exercises?

This damned IT band is driving me crazy. I have a foam roller and have started using it, but what exercises have worked for you?


  • cheshirecatastrophe
    cheshirecatastrophe Posts: 1,395 Member
    edited March 2015
    (1) The myrtl routine:

    (2) IT Band rehab exercises:

    Especially hip hikes (in the second). If I had to pick one hip exercise to ward off ITBS and runner's knee, it would be hip hikes. No question. I do 30 per leg every day. Off a step is easiest.
  • kristinegift
    kristinegift Posts: 2,406 Member
    My IT band problems stem from sleepy glutes since I sit on my butt all day. I do supermans, focusing on making sure the leg raises come from my glutes and not my hammies, and I do leg balancing exercises, bridges, and try to do more standing generally.
  • daynes23
    daynes23 Posts: 94 Member
    I've found these couple of stretches (particularly the last 2 the "meditation" looking one and the knee over knee one) have helped me soooooo much. I do them almost every day. Gives me a great stretch and less pain!
  • daynes23
    daynes23 Posts: 94 Member
    Ohhhhh and I love leg swings before a run.
  • trailrunner81
    trailrunner81 Posts: 227 Member
    Lunges, body weight squats, and one legged deadlift with light weight to help strengthen your quads and hamstring too. That was the only thing that saved me.
  • kimcatus
    kimcatus Posts: 27
    Foam rolling, leg swings before and after running, and definitely static stretching after a run. Good luck!
  • crittergirl222
    crittergirl222 Posts: 123 Member
    edited March 2015
    Such great advice. Thanks, all! I think I have a plan now. Fingers crossed. One more question-today I kind of felt it on my run, so I scaled back to 20 minutes and then cross trained on the bike. I can still run as long as I don't push too hard, right? There is no pain at all, just tightness throughout the hip and knee.