Helen Clare stretching hip flexors post run

Hip Flexors

Tight hip flexors, along with core and glute weakness, are one of the main causes of poor running technique that can lead to injury. Read on, then watch this week’s video on some of the best hip flexors releases…

The hip flexors are a group of three muscles that run over the front of the hip: iliacus, psoas (together called iliopsoas) and rectus femoris (also a quadricep). Their function is to flex the hip, which means to bring the thigh closer in towards the body.

Many runners are overly engaging their hip flexors and lifting the knee too high, causing continual repeated contraction here. This leads to tight and potentially irritated hip flexor muscles.

The poses in this video, give you a few options of ways to help release tension here but you should get your gait checked by a natural running coach*

Next week, I’ll be sharing a class on glute max strength – the hip extensor. Work on both for optimal balance between strength and flexibility.

All my best,
Helen

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Helen Clare

Helen Clare, founder of Helen Clare Yoga and Run Better with Yoga, is a trail runner, senior yoga teacher and yoga for athletes coach, living in Cornwall, UK.

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