Have you ever dove in right to your workout and felt super tight and the exercise just felt waay harder than it should've? Ever squatted and felt something stopping you from going lower? We've all been there! .
Above I am demonstrating my #1 go-to dynamic warmup I do before each leg day to open up my hips and loosen up my lower back. This is very important because releasing the tension in our hips can translate to releasing the tension in the rest of our lower body (to prevent any future pains, of course) AND is key in executing our best form and technique
To feel this amazing stretch, here are some key pointers:
1) Begin in a kneeling position with your hips "TUCKED" to ensure that your lower back is not over-arched **this will put you in a position to ensure the best stretch possible
2) Push forward through your hips (think: someone pushing your hips forward to drive the movement). Each pulse you want to push even FURTHER and lengthen the muscle
3) To incorporate some spinal rotation and lower back release, lengthen your arm (on the kneeling side) straight above your head and twist your torso as you pulse forward. (If you're confused, refer to the video)
HOW LONG? I personally like to spend as much time on this until I feel fully stretched and flexible. My general guideline is spending about 1-2 min. each side, repeating up to 3 times
If you have any questions about this post, or want to request a topic for me to cover, please feel free to comment below or DM me!!! .