Big muscles are often never neglected in the pursuit of strength training. You have the glutes, hamstrings, abdominal muscles that get all the glory. However there are one group of muscles that are just important… the hip flexors.
The hip flexors are a group of muscles that are originate at the pelvis and lumbar spine and insert themselves across the hip joint onto the femur. These muscles are responsible for bringing your thigh closer to your abdomen.
Additionally, these muscles are hard working muscles that support our daily movements from walking, bending down, running or hinging. So it’s no surprise that these muscles also need some support.
It’s often thought that the hip flexors need to be stretched because they are “bullies” in causing an anterior pelvic tilt. Though I’m going to challenge that frame of thinking and compare them to a hard working mom with too much on her plate.
The hip flexors can pull the pelvis into an anterior pelvic tilt. However, if there were balanced and equally strong opposing muscles there would be no tilt occurring. Just like a mom, she can do ALL the things but if she does she has to pull things a certain way (the tilt) to survive. However, if the mom has equal support around her (all muscles are equally balanced in strength) then there’s no compromising happening.
The great thing about hip flexors is that just like any other muscle group there’s a large variety of ways to get them stronger. You can use dumbbells, resistance bands, towels, marching, lying down core work or sitting core work.
So the next time that you feel tightness in your hip flexor or your start to train for athletic movement, put a pause on the stretch and add some strength to see how much better you feel!
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