Do you have tight hips, hamstrings, or a limitation on hip mobility? Then this exercise is for you! It is a great post leg day stretch.
How to perform:
Lie on the floor on your back against a post. Put one leg up onto the post. Place your butt up as close to post as possible. The less flexible you are the more you will need to move away from the post.
Opposite leg starting position is flat on the floor. (Note that if your hip flexor is tight you will not be able to fully open up the hip in this position)
Raise your leg, bringing it into a parallel position with the other leg. Keep your leg straight. When at the top feet should be together with toes pointing straight. Do not allow toes to point inward or outward.
As you develop more mobility in the hip you will be able to bring your leg down straight.
Do 2-3 sets of 12 to 15 per leg.
Stretches both the hamstring and opposite hip flexor. Helps activate hips for balance and single leg activities
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Dr. McVey is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Diplomate in the American Board of Clinical Nutrition, specialist in strength and conditioning, and owner of The Warehouse Gym in League City, Texas.