T-Nation talks about the best way to stretch your hip flexors. It’s a common scene at the gym: people doing these stretches but not in good form. Most people stretch these using the wrong way that’s why it’s not effective. Those who lift suffer the most so take note about the right ways how to do the move.
First, you have to position yourself in a half-kneeling pose. Squeeze the glute muscle of the side that’s on the floor. Think: belt buckle towards chin. The effect: it will posteriorly tilt the pelvis. Then, you really have to scoot forward at least an inch or two. Move through the hip and not your lower back. This is the right way.
What about the wrong way? Let’s find out about that one too. People usually stretch this part by extending through their lower backs. This action defeats the purpose of the stretch. When you do the move in excessive anterior pelvic tilt, you’re not stretching your hip flexors. You’re doing it for your lower back.
Tip: The Correct Way to Stretch
Also, the same people who do the stretch that way will always complain of feeling tight in their hip flexors. That’s not tightness, that’s you plowing through the anterior hip capsule, forcing the femur forward. That’s protective tension you feel. And that crappy hip flexor stretch you’re doing is only feeding the issue. Read more…
FitBodyHQ says that though tight hips are pretty common, you can totally do something about it. Loosen up and open your hips with these moves.
Our desk jobs that require us to sit eight-ten hours a day cause the tightness and the stiffness. It’s totally affecting our flexibility and if you’re an office worker, you’ll experience this more. That’s why you have to do these stretches to make those hips flexible again.
If you want to get better at dancing, your athletic performance or to simply get a good posture, this is your chance. First, let’s understand the function of these muscles before going into detail about the moves. When you move, these muscles play important functions. They flex your hip joint, flex your trunk forward and even pull your knees upward.
When you walk, it even helps you move your legs and stabilize your lower body. This is really essential when it comes to balancing your entire body.
12 Great Stretches
You’ve heard the saying: it’s all in the hips, but for many of us, our hips – or more precisely, our hip flexors – are tight, stiff and inflexible. If you’re an office worker you can probably thank sitting down at your desk 8 or more hours a day for your tight hip flexors. Habitual sitting causes your hip flexors to tighten and shorten – adjustable standing desks, anyone? Read more…
Breaking Muscle discusses this effective hip flexing move that’s so convenient for you. You can practically do this anywhere, anytime.
The usual scene in a physical therapy session: pain, aches, injuries, and muscle imbalances. If you’re an athlete or an avid gym rat, you might have had your fair share of these experiences. In order to at least alleviate these conditions, you can take note of these two techniques. However, you need to bear in mind that this isn’t a one-time solution for the problem.
You need to know first how you can fix your muscle imbalances and stretch those muscles using these movements.
Fixing muscle imbalances means knowing your weakness. Muscles usually get tight when there’s a specific reason involved and usually, this is a compensatory mechanism because of a weak area or in a constant and fixated position. You have to find out what causes it and get to the root of the problem.
An Easy, Effective Stretch You Can Do Anywhere
I see this in desk jockeys who work all day and barely move from a seated position, quad-dominant lifters who don’t know how to properly engage their glutes, and everyone in between. It always seems like I’m talking tight hip flexors and what to do about them. Read more…
Check out the difference between a Real vs. BS Hip Flexor Stretch from Testosterone Nation: