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2 Ways To Check Hip Flexors Tightness


Filed Under (Fitness, General) by Rick Kaselj

Hey, I hope your day is going well.

The family is planning to head out to the lake and enjoy a day outside. But before we go, I want to share with you this video and article on the #1 cause of hip muscle pain.



In today’s video, I will go through the number one cause of hip muscle pain.

#1 Cause of Hip Muscle Pain

CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video.

The number one cause of hip muscle pain is the hip flexors. Some people don’t know that the hip flexors are not exactly one muscle; they are actually 2 different muscles. These are the iliacus muscle and psoas muscle.

The common mistake that people make is that they just work on one of the muscles and ignoring the other which is not solving the problem. Now, how do you know if you are having an issue with your hip flexors? You will notice pinching when you squat.

I got Andrea demonstrate.

#1 – Pinching in the hips during squats

Pinching in the hips during squats

When you are doing a bodyweight squat with hands out front, you might notice pinching when you get to the bottom position. You might also shift more to one side compared to the other side. These are signs of hip tightness. If you have tight hip flexors, you will have resistance in the hip on how far you can go.

#2 – Can’t do deep squats

Not getting deep enough in your squats

If you go through an overhead squat and you have tight hip flexors, you’ll not be able to go as deep as you can when squatting. Shifting to one side also affects the activation, endurance and strength of the gluteus maximus. With the glutes being inhibited or affected by the hip flexors tightness, it results to all kinds of issues when it comes to performance issues and injuries in the knee, hip and back.

One thing to remember is that stretching is not enough. As mentioned, there are two muscles that we should focus and stretching is not sufficient. You will need a multiple of modalities to fix tight hip flexors.

If you want to instantly release your hip flexors for more strength, better health and all day energy, then check out the Unlock Your Hip Flexors program here:

Unlock Your Hip Flexors

Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS


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Hi Rick I am suffering from arthritis pain in my whole body, but I am getting weaker even though I am daily exercising also stiffness is a big problem and balance. It is harder to get up at times so that indicates that my gluts and Quads are weakened. I am exercising them with weight bearing exercises but it does not seem to help enough. I am also struggling in yoga classes mobility strength and balance . What suggestions do you have for me?





Muriel from EFI Reply:

Hi Eva! This is Muriel from EFI. I am sorry to hear about your arthritic pain, though I believe there are still a lot more exercises you can do despite your condition. Stretching your body and doing range of motion exercises several times a day can help you improve your flexibility. For strengthening, you may start with low resistance exercises first,and then gradually progress it by adding weights. For your balance, you may want to start with simple balance exercises (for ex. balancing on one leg for 10 seconds and so on), then progress it accordingly. You may also want to add cardiopulmonary endurance exercises such as pool walking/running or cycling in a stationary bike that is non weight bearing and does not aggravate your pain.
However, it is still best to seek help from a medical professional or a physical therapist, to correctly assess what areas need to be worked on, and teach you on what safe exercises you can do to strengthen your body.
I hope that helps! Thank you very much! 🙂



I liked your Hip mussels comments on releasing for more strength and would be interested in your program



Muriel from EFI Reply:

Hi Henry! This is Muriel from EFI. If you are interested in the program, you may click on this link to learn more: http://exercisesforinjuries.com/UYHF-July20b Thanks! 🙂


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