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Why Your Hip Flexors Are So Tight (and What to Do About It)

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Why Your Hip Flexors Are So Tight (and What to Do About It)

If you want to know what causes tight, weak hip flexors, and what to do about it, then you want to listen to this episode.

If you’re like most people, your hips feel tight all the time, and especially right at the top of your thighs.

They probably flare up when you do lower body exercises too, like the squat and deadlift.

Such is life with tight hip flexor muscles.

What can you do about it, though? Should you stretch? Strengthen? Something else altogether?

Well, poke around on the Internet and you’ll find a lot of conflicting opinions on what causes tight hip flexors and what to do about it.

Some people say that sitting is to blame because it shortens and weakens the muscles, others say exercise–and weightlifting in particular–is at fault, and others still say that muscle weakness is the root cause.

There isn’t much agreement about how to best fix the problem, either.

“Stretching is the key,” says one expert. “No,” counters the other, “strengthening must come first.”

And there you are in the middle, wondering whom to believe and what to do.

Well, the truth is hip flexor tightness isn’t as cut and dried as many people would have you believe. As you’ll see, causation is murky and “magic bullet” fixes are unlikely.

The good news, though, is you don’t have to know exactly why your hip flexors are acting up to figure out how to fix it, and with a little trial and error, you can do just that.

Let’s start at the top…

Would you rather read about how to fix tight hip flexors? Then check out this article!

Time Stamps

4:10 – What are hip flexors?

5:38 – What causes tight hip flexors?

9:02 – What are the best stretches for tight hip flexors?

12:47 – What are the best exercises for strengthening the hip flexors?

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References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24947023

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15044685

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18948442

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3337110/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20157442

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19365237

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11045756

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2200681/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19301029

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3164002/

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/232159224_Unilateral_Support_Resistance_Training_Incorporating_the_Hip_and_Knee

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