How often do you engage in exercises that strictly target your hip flexors? I’m guessing the answer for most people is never.
Most of the traditional exercises we do from squats, to running, to even yoga poses are just not designed to work these forgotten muscles. Which is a way bigger problem than you might think. Just like most other muscles, when your hip flexors aren’t exercised in the right way, you force then to tighten and shorten. This can lead to serious health issues.
Did you know what virtually all of your movement are linked to this region in your body? Your legs, groin, and pelvis are linked with hip flexors (also called psoas muscles). If these muscles are stiff and tight, you’ll find that your range of motion, and posture, will be effected because of the compression of your spinal disc and the pulling of joints out of alignment.
Long story short, it’s really important to exercise your hip flexors, and normal exercises won’t cut it. This is why:
• They are deep-seated muscles: hip flexors are muscles that connect your lumbar vertebrae to the femur. They are found very deep in your body and trying to exercise them using normal exercises just don’t quite do the trick.
• They are hard to find: hip flexors are among the most misunderstood muscles in your body. This is because there isn’t a lot of information about them, which cases exercises developers to ignore them. Instead we have exercises that address the symptoms of pain, for the thighs, buttocks, and abs, but ignore the route cause- the psoas muscles.
• Most exercise routines pay very little attention to the pelvis: sure they’ll work your abs, legs, glutes, and pretty much every other part of your body, but most exercises completely ignore your primary pelvic muscles, particularly the psoas major. Unfortunately, even if you strengthen the surrounding muscles, it won’t tackle the root of the pain.
• Hip flexors require more than just exercise: for anyone that is familiar with yoga or other such exercises, you know that your body responds to more than just physical movement. The same applies when we talk about hip flexors. Conventional exercises often don’t address the deep seated issues of stress, tension, or trauma our bodies experience and need to release.
The above reasons are not meant to encourage you to abandon conventional exercises. They’re just there to remind you to incorporate routines that target important areas of your body that are being overlooked. The ‘Unlock Your Hip Flexors’ program (created by Rick Kaselj and Mike Westerdal) is arguably the most effective solution for combining conventional workouts and exercises that specifically target your hip flexors.
Return your body to it’s optimal state by taking just a few minutes to show some love to the muscles that literally support your body. They’ll thank you.