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Hip Flexors Stretch

That one for the hip flexors where one leg is out in front of you & the other one is kneeling back behind you, know the one, right? What’s the difference if your hands are out in front on your knee to where your hands are back behind your back against your butt.

I believe it was in a article here that said onw should do it w/ your hands behind than in front.

I’ve tried it & c or felt no diffenrece. Any stretching experts out there?

Also would like to know if PNF is better than static stretching. W/ PNF u need a partner & someone who knows what they’re doing for it to be done the rt way, so it’s not very convenient.

And if I don’t perform it; will I be losing much, if anything as far as my two sports that I play or flexability.

With hands in front of you and reaching forward, your abdominal muscles aren’t in tension and your pelvis is not tilting back. You get less stretch on the hip flexors. With hands behind, you can pull the shoulders back, chest out, torso in tension, and push on the buttocks a bit to put the pelvis in the proper position for a good stretch. But I ain’t no expert.

For a good rundown of a whole body stretch routine and which is better, check out Ian Kings Sports Specific video series.

It seems like opinions vary widely when it comes to stretching, but I’d say that if your performance is suffering due to a lack of flexability, you should do what is necessary. If your performance suffers due to too much flexability you shouldn’t.

What sports are you playing, and whats the problem?

Some people will cheat and press down on their front leg with the hands. This will take some of the pressure off the hip flexors of the rear leg.

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Another variation which requires a little more balance was suggested by Ian King I think. This is with your hands directly above your head, pointing to the sky. This I feel really gets a good stretch on.

Actually, since the psoas connects to the lumbar spine, the best way to do it is to just start with your hands on your hips and then put the arm of the leg that you are stretching over your head. Finally, lean to the side opposite the leg you are stretching.

Hope that helps. If it is unclear let me know.

Ryan

[quote]mindeffer01 wrote:
For a good rundown of a whole body stretch routine and which is better, check out Ian Kings Sports Specific video series.

It seems like opinions vary widely when it comes to stretching, but I’d say that if your performance is suffering due to a lack of flexability, you should do what is necessary. If your performance suffers due to too much flexability you shouldn’t.

What sports are you playing, and whats the problem?
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I’m very flexable; I just want to make sure I’m getting the most out of it & was wondering which way is best.

I play tennis & b-ball & I bodybuild.

Thanks for all the input! Will try it the ways that were suggested & see how they feel.