Hip Flexors take all the blame. This is for good reason, but not always warranted. Most people think that they have tight hip flexors. This could very well be the case. It could also be the case that your hip flexors are weak and it usually is. This is why passive stretching alone is not effective at improve your “tight” hip flexors. This is why we are going to maximally stretch out and improve the strength of your hip flexor muscles.
Equipment needed: 1. Mobility ball or lacrosse ball. 2. Padded Mat. Today we are working on the flexibility, mobility, and stability of your ankles and hips.
We are starting off with a muscle / fascia release for the front of your ankle muscles. This will help decrease the tightness in the front of your ankle, freeing up your ankle so that it can move well in all directions. Next we are maximally stretching out these same muscles and then contracting them while they are being maximally stretched out. This technique is called end-range of motion isometric contractions. Do your best to maintain a maximally stretch while maximally contracting these muscles. We are finishing up with a stretch and activation movement for the front of your hips aka your hip flexors and the front of your ankles. If this is too challenging for your balance, hold on to a wall or piece of furniture for support. Also, make sure to keep your core muscles engaged so that you don’t arch your lower back.
Do you have any questions about this routine or other routines? We can check out how you are performing specific movements if you post a video of the movement on facebook, or instagram and tag us in it @movementvault. Have fun!