This program is entirely different from other diet and exercise guides because it talks extensively about the engine of our body which is our muscles. Every movement we make go through our hip flexors including twist, walk, bend, reach, sit, and step to name a few. In other words, hip flexors are responsible for balance.
Naturally, we put weight on the hip flexors when we kick or spring, and people like soccer players, martial artists, and runners experience pain where pelvis and thigh meet: that is, the place the hip flexors are.
One of the issues that people struggling with obesity experience is with their hips. In a healthy and fit person, the small flexors within the hips are not detected. On the other hand, we can detect them in some instances like joint pains, anxiety issues, hips seizing, bad posture, immune system issues, discomfort walking, digestive problems, sleeping issues, circulation and related issues. These issues can stem from tight hip flexors.
There will be time for you to practice these basic exercises and stretches, even if you are the busy type with a tight schedule on a daily basis. To make it easy to follow along, especially the people that never experience something like this before, the exercises are demonstrated in a link with a video.
INTRODUCING THE BODY’S MOST POWERFUL, PRIMAL MUSCLE,THAT YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF (LET ALONE TRAINED)
Your hips are the bridge between your upper body and lower body. They are at the center of your body’s movement.
Sitting within the well of your hip and lower spine is the psoas major muscle, one of the two muscles that makes up the iliopsoas.
It’s often called the “mighty” psoas (pronounced so-az) for the many important functions it plays in the movement of your body.
The psoas is the only muscle in the human body connecting the upper body to the lower body.
The muscle attaches to the vertebrae of the lower spine, moves through the pelvis and connects to a tendon at the top of the femur. It also attaches to the diaphragm, so it’s connected to your breathing, and upon it sits all the major organs.
A functioning psoas muscle creates a neutral pelvic alignment, stabilizes the hips, supports the lower spine and abdomen, supports the organs in the pelvic and abdominal cavity and gives you greater mobility and core strength.
When it functions well, it has the power to…
- … help you achieve peak performance day after day after day.
- … rapidly drop ugly body fat that stubbornly clings to your body.
- … train harder, heavier and gain strength faster than you thought possible.
- … hit your peak of sexual health.
- … flood your mind and body with renewed energy and vigor.
Put simply, this muscle is the core of activity in your body. So, when it’s out of balance or if the psoas tightens, there are serious consequences which flow throughout the body.
And there’s one activity, in particular, that’s the sworn enemy of your psoas muscle..
WHY “STATIC” STRETCHING ALONE ISN’T THE ANSWER
If you trust so-called experts on Youtube and online, they’ll have you believe it’s simply a case of holding a few static stretches for a period of time to try and lengthen the muscle.Or rolling around with a tennis ball stuck to your hip (as if that will really make any difference).It takes more than a tennis ball and foam roller to unlock your hip flexors…and doing it wrong could cause even MORE damage.The reason few people manage to fix their hip flexors is simple.
It’s really a hard area to reach..
If you see how the psoas is attached within your body, it’s buried deep inside your core making it tough to access. It’s a hard muscle to find, let alone train.
Static Stretching Has Its Place – But The Stretch You See Above Is the Best Stretch To Do In The Morning So it’s little wonder why trying to loosen it requires more than a simple static hip flexor stretch like the one below you’ve probably tried before.
You’ve probably found you’re spending (or wasting) hours of your time stretching this way only to find it’s having minimal effect.That’s because you need to attack the muscle from a variety of angles using a variety of exercise techniques and modalities in order to “unpack” the muscle in the right way.The truth is, you can learn to release your tight hip flexors on your own.
If you think of your psoas as a combination safe lock, there are several numbers that will unlock it but they need to be entered in the right order.
There are a number of specific movements beyond simple static stretching you can use to unlock and loosen your hips, legs and back.
PNF is an acronym for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation. It is a technique where you are activating a specific muscle in order to relax the muscles around a joint so you can decrease the stiffness around a joint.
This is where you are activating the muscle around a joint and moving that joint through its full range of motion in a progressive manner. This leads to an increased range of motion around the joint, warming up of the muscle around the joint and improved circulation around the joint. Think of high knees or butt kicks.
3-DIMENSIONAL CORE STABILITY EXERCISES:
With these exercises we are targeting the muscle in all planes of movement so the core and abdominal muscles have good activation, endurance and strength in all planes of movement which leads to a decrease in unnecessary damaging stress on joints.
In these exercises, we are targeting the joint and doing movements and exercises that help the joint function optimally. This allows a joint to move more freely.
In this unique technique, we are targeting the tissue that muscles are surrounded in and working on loosening and lengthening the fascia. Few people understand the negative effect this tissue can have on your body.
MUSCLE ACTIVATION MOVEMENTS:
Due to all of our sitting and daily technology use, many of our muscles are not working properly. With this technique, we’re targeting those muscles that are off and activate them in order to help the body move more efficiently.
Now you know the specific techniques you need to unlock your hip flexors, the next question is how to combine these in the most effective way. Please don’t be overwhelmed by the “Shop Talk” above because…
UNLOCK YOUR HIP FLEXORS DVD VIDEO
We’ve shot these 10 exercises with explanations from Rick on perfect form and exactly how to target that hard-to-reach psoas muscle. The video content is split in two:
The first is a Coaching Instructional Video where Rick takes you in detail through each exercise, so you fully understand why you’re doing that exercise, the best form to take and how it should feel. The second video is a Follow Along format designed so you can perform the flow alongside the video without breaking for explanation.