Hit These 3 Stretches for Tight Hip Flexors

If you know P.volve, you know how important the hips are to our method. They’re not only the most crucial spot for toning the glutes and thighs, but they’re the powerhouse of every movement—whether you’re walking, running or in studio with us.

Though P.volve workouts pay extra close attention to stretching and opening up the hips, most other workouts and activities don’t, and that’s where sore hip flexors happen. Things like moving the hips in just one direction, overworking them through exercise and sitting at a desk all day are just a few things that could contribute to sore hip flexors. Over time, P.volve will help wake up this area and help it feel more loose and relaxed, but in an effort to feel better day-to-day we’re offering three of our favorite ways to stretch the hip flexors.

Step Back & Reach 
An essential P.volve move: Start in a neutral standing position, then step right foot back to 6 o’clock with heel up. Squeeze glute and lift up from the core as you bring hands up to ceiling. Be sure not to arch your back as you reach up and return to starting position. Repeat 8 times on both sides.

Kneeling Reach 
Do the same move on the mat by bringing the right knee forward at 90 degrees. Keep the left knee in-line with the hip. Lift up from your core, allowing your eyes to follow your hands and stretch through the stationary hip as you squeeze the glute. Repeat 8 times on both sides.

Pigeon  
Start on the mat with your right knee bent in front of you and your left leg stretched back. Pull your right heel in to feel a deeper stretch as you slowly bend over the front knee. Breathe to release any tightness, then slowly come up before switching to the other side.

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