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Posted by: ryangeorgefitness | November 28, 2008

Exercise of the week

flex-021Exercise of the week is back and I will do my best to update this as
frequently as possible from here on. This week’s exercise of the week
is a flexibility exercise that can be useful to most people. This
exercise stretches the psoas or hip flexors. Most people’s daily
routine can be very taxing on the hip flexors which in turn can cause
tightness in the lower back. Stretching the hip flexors will not only
work on the hip but will also alleviate some of the tension in the
lower back. This stretch should be done in three steps.

Starting position: start by kneeling on one knee on a soft surface.

Step 1: fall forward on the hip that’s kneeling by extending the leg.
You should feel a stretch from the hip going down the leg. (Pictured)

Step 2: raise the arm on the same side as the knee on the ground. Pull
the arm directly behind you. The stretch should be more intense.

Step 3: with the same arm in the air, reach across to the opposite
side. You should feel the stretch even more intensly.

After step three, hold the stretch for about 20 seconds and do the
same on the other side.  Make sure to complete each step separately as
it’s the most effective way to get the stretch.

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  2. […] If you are using proper form, then the problem may be that you have tight hip flexors or a tight lower back. What happens with tight hip flexors is that they will pull the pelvis into a position in which our back is arched, causing low back pain. There are two things to try in this case in order to help fix the problem. The first thing to do is stretch the hip flexors an low back. Here is a link to a great hip flexor stretch: https://ryangeorgefitness.com/2008/11/28/exercise-of-the-week/ […]


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