This week's Fit Friday goes over 3 of favorite hip openers. Add these to your next workout warm-up and they will really help your deadlift and squat improve. I also recommend them for anyone working on middle or side splits.
The video begins with an active pigeon stretch, which has the added bonus of PNF, or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, which guides you through active contractions and passive stretch. This really allows you to sink deep into those hip flexors.
The second move is called a couch stretch, but you can use a wall or squat rack (as shown in the video). This digs even deeper into those front hip flexors and also requires a good deal of plantar flexion. It's an intermediate movement, so take your time with it if you haven't worked into this position before.
The last movement is the goalie or butterfly stretch. I kick it up with Valslides, but you can also do them from the floor. I show both ways and take you through a sequence of deep hip opening. This one hits you in areas you probably didn't know you had, so take your time with it.
Have fun and check back in a month to let me know how you are doing. Though they may seem tough now, if you practice these moves diligently over the next 30 days, you will see a marked improvement in your hip mobility-- which transfers to happier squats and deadlifts.
Have a great weekend and see you next Friday for another edition of Fit Friday!