Do you sit all day? While sitting may not be as evil as the media wants you to believe, sitting all day definitely feeds into a sedentary lifestyle. Try these 5 quick and easy exercises you can perform anywhere to combat sitting, reverse your posture, and start feeling and moving better.
The hip flexor stretch has become a very popular stretch in the fitness and sports performance world, and rightly so considering how many people live their lives in anterior pelvic tilt. However, this seems to be one of those stretches that I see a lot of people either performing incorrectly or too aggressively.
Foam rollers are great. But it’s not always just about WHAT you are using to roll out, it’s also about HOW you are performing self myofascial release that is important. If you combine some of our basic understanding of functional anatomy with our understanding of movement, we can really enhance how you perform self myofascial release to get even better results.
Recently, I have seen dozens of social media posts with “advanced” hip mobility drills that made me stop and think… Should we actually be seeking to perform these advanced variations? Forcing hip mobility drills through anatomical limitations is just going to cause more impingement and issues with the hips, rather than helping. Sometimes less is more. Here are my 6 favorite hip mobility drills that I think everyone should perform.
I still like foam rollers for self myofascial release, but think that many people could benefit even more by upgrading to these newer tools.
Not all foam rollers and self myofascial release tools are the same. It’s really important to choose the right tool for the right need. I’ve tried so many different tools, here are a variety of the best tools that I recommend.
How many people come to you and complain that they have tight hamstrings? It seems like an epidemic sometimes, right? I know it’s pretty common for me, at least.
Many people just tug away at their hamstrings and aggressively stretch, which may not only be barking up the wrong tree, but also disadvantageous.
I have really gotten away from blindly stretching the hamstrings without a proper assessment as I feel that pelvic position is often the reason why people think they are tight. This is pretty easy to miss
In this video, I want to explain and you visualize the how pelvic tilt influences hamstring mobility and spine position. Often times the hamstrings feel “tight” or “short” when in reality their pelvic position is just giving us this illusion. I talk about this a lot with clients at Champion and often find myself making these drawings on our whiteboard.
Keep this in mind next time you think someone has tight hamstrings or has too much thoracic kyphosis. Often times the key is in the hips!
Many people have thoracic mobility restrictions and just blindly throwing thoracic mobility drills at them is going to be suboptimal without an accurate assessment. Some need to focus on extension, some rotation, and others can move well, they just don’t!
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