Coming into to Wednesday like BAM! The almighty active couch stretch. You need it, I need it….I haven’t met a human that doesn’t need it. It is one of the most mentally challenging stretches and this is because it is making a big difference, if performed correctly like we do in Movement Vault. Remember to keep breathing through your belly and have fun!
Equipment needed: 1. Foam Roller or if you don’t have a foam roller you can use your own hands for a skin rolling muscle/fascia release technique. 2. Box, or a bench, or your couch. 3. Padded Mat. Today is all about your hip flexors. Most of you spend way too much time sitting. Your hip flexors are one of the muscles that can get very tight and weak due to all of this accumulated time sitting. We are going to fix your hip flexors today!
Today we are working on the flexibility, mobility, and stability of your hips. We are starting off with a muscle / fascia release for your entire quadricep muscle group which is the muscles located on the front of your thigh. You have the option of using a foam roller or using your hands and performing a skin rolling technique. To perform the skin rolling, think of pinching a piece of your skin and then rolling upward and downward on your quadricep muscles. This can feel a little weird, but it is very effective.
We are finishing up with one of the most effective active hip flexor stretches you can do. This is an end-range stretch isometric technique. Make sure to pad your bottom knee. If you are unable to get into the lunge position, keep your front knee on the ground. If it is hard to get into the modified position, try lying on the ground and putting your back leg up against the couch. This one can be uncomfortable. This is normal. Have fun!
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