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Staying on that hip flexor train!

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In my past, the GO TO stretch people do to stretch their hip flexor (iliopsoas) is the couch stretch… they run to the wall, prop that back leg up, and lean forward by rounding their back or keep the hip in that anterior tilt

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Your iliopsoas attaches on vertebrae T12-L5, so when you flex or lean forward during the stretch you put that muscle on slack = no stretch 👎🏻

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I’m not saying the couch stretch is a bad stretch… but it focuses more on stretching your rectus femoris ( which yes, can be considered as a hip flexor too) but we need to focus on your PRIMARY hip flexor aka your iliopsoas!

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If you feel like you have trouble posterior tilting your hips by contracting your glutes and keeping your core tight when in that couch stretch position… go ahead and perform that stretch in the basic lunge position

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I would suggest doing both of these stretches and not picking one over the other. Accumulate 2 min performing the couch stretch (quads) and 2 min performing the lunge position (iliopsoas) & now you just hit both muscles that could be limiting your hip extension 👌🏽

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Result = increase hip extension ➡️ more power during the last pull of an Olympic lift, decrease in back pain & decrease in knee pain!!!!

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