Listen, performance is not just for Athletes. The lay person needs it too. Today's blog is not what you may be thinking. I’m not going to tell you about a new technique to try or costly special equipment or even some underground secret training program. It really has to do with one simple but life-changing thing: UNLOCKING your tight hips. You are going to be blown away by what I’m about to share with you. The ‘power zone’ (as It is called) lies at the center of the human body. Sure, the arms and legs are super important for any person or elite athlete, but the source of true power resides within the hips. Martial Artists have been saying this for centuries. Talk to any coach or trainer the world over and they will agree with this simple assessment: All athletes from hockey to football, baseball to tennis, soccer to powerlifting rely on the explosiveness that their hips and glutes possess.
Without the ability to bend, jump, twist, dive, run or move effectively, an athlete is dead in their tracks, literally.
So what is the common thread that ties most athletes together? Some might say speed, power or even strength, but the answer is actually much simpler than that. I’m talking about the athletic position or ready position found in most sports. Imagine for a moment the linebacker in football, the shortstop in baseball, the goalie in hockey or the powerlifter on the platform and how their body looks. They all stand ready in a position of strength to either tackle someone, catch a ground ball, stop a puck or lift maximum weight. For example, what does the powerlifter do just before the squat or deadlift? They move into a strong, athletic position as they mentally connect to every muscle in their body so that they can create as much power and force on the bar as possible. None of them would ever stand casually in an upright position seconds before having to perform. Why is that? Because they would not be able to generate ANY power from that position. An athlete in almost any sport will stand with feet shoulder width (or wider) apart, knees flexed, butt back and torso tilted forward. They are balanced, grounded, strong and ready for anything that comes towards them.
From this position, anyone can react quickly, explosively and with tremendous power. If at any time the muscles in the hip area are compromised, athletic performance is undoubtedly affected and not in a good way. When it comes to acceleration and speed, the hips are at the epicenter of power. Even though the squat or deadlift with maximum weight may not look very fast, the lifter is telling their body to move as fast as they can to move the load.
So when I assessed how much I sat every day on the computer and realized even though I train hard 5 days per week in the gym, my hips were in terrible condition. And knowing how critical the hips are when it comes to generating ultimate power, it was time to seek out a professional who could help me out.
After discussing this issue with Injury Specialist Rick Kaselj, I knew that if I could lengthen my hip flexors and undo all of that damage from sitting so much over the years, I could become more explosive and lift more weight.
Rick came to our facility and put me through a series of movement patterns and exercises. In only 15 minutes I had done not just static stretching (like most warm-up programs) but proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), dynamic stretching, 3-dimensional core stability exercises, mobility exercises, fascia stretching and even some muscle activation movements. Immediately after performing all of these exercises, I felt READY. Ready to move. Ready to lift. I truly felt more powerful and energized than I had in years.
So what did I do? I went ahead and did some deadlifting. I literally added 35 lbs to my max lift after only doing this routine once. My hips were awake. The circulation through my ‘power zone’ was flowing and I felt incredible. I know this sounds too good to be true but it is absolutely a night and day difference. Granted, this routine would need to be practiced daily for the results to continue but I couldn’t argue with the immediate results of this 15 minute routine. By UNLOCKING your tight hips, you was able to perform at my best and instantly gain strength in my lifts. Rick's program is called Unlock Your Hip Flexors and if you do any kind of explosive lifting it can definitely add pounds to your max without changing anything else.
Check out the video below to see a little bit of what I'm talking about
Do THIS Before You Squat
I have a few more videos to share with you before I'm done today so just keep reading because this is really important. Also, If you are just a lay person you must keep reading because the last paragraph has some very serious information just for you.
Look, when it comes to athletes everywhere and achieving peak performance health, there is one thing they all have in common and that is being powerful through the hips.
Regardless of the sport, athletes want to perform at their best every single time they take the field, the court or the ice. In order to do that, we must have healthy, strong and mobile hips: Hips that function without pain, tightness or lack of mobility.
A balance in strength exists through the hip flexors, the iliopsoas group and gluteus group which helps keep the body moving and performing at its absolute best. Athletes from all backgrounds across the world spend a great deal of time working on the balance of strength within their hip area. They stretch, strengthen, massage, or anything else that will help them improve hip function.
Without even realizing it, athletes are helping to not only improve their physical performance but also their mental and emotional function. Is it any wonder why after doing something physically active, even just a good long walk, you feel emotionally uplifted? Athletes and others that push their bodies in sports, in the gym or at home, simply feel better and more energetic.
Case and point: the body was designed to move and not be in a seated position all the time. But unfortunately for most people, sitting is a large part of our lives and the center of the body is restricted and stressed out.
But that’s NOT the case for many athletes. The messaging that goes from the lower body to the upper body and back again has less roadblocks, less stress and the signals are stronger. When stronger signals are passing from head to toe in an athlete, their power production is improved dramatically. And as stated at the very beginning, when you increase power, you achieve peak performance health.
Now, I've been focusing on athletes all along in the blog however the lay person will also benefit from this. Her is why-Nobody sits as long as the lay person. As crazy as it sounds it is true. We’ve all experienced it before, that pain or achiness after sitting in a fixed position for a good portion of the day whether it's from sitting in a stiff chair on a long distance flight, working on the computer all day or spending far too much time in the car. When it comes to sitting there is one thing that is certain, there’s a strong chance you are placing your body in an unfavorable position and as a result of this, your body will get stiff. Unfortunately, sitting is part of our culture and mostly unavoidable. By spending so much time in your chair in a flexed position coupled with a lack of movement throughout the day, you have successfully followed the formula for creating tight iliopsoas muscles(Hip Flexors). These tight damaged hips cause back pain, health problems and even disrupt sexual-function (more on that in a moment).
One of the most significant things about the psoas (pronounced so-az) or hip flexors muscle is that it connects the legs to the spine, which means that what you do with your legs could possibly affect your spine without you thinking about it, or even feeling it. With a tight psoas from sitting all day your hips will become fixed in a forward thrust position causing your pelvis and leg(s) to rotate. This forward tilt will cause your hip socket to become compressed leading to pulling and shifting of joints, tendons, and muscles pulling on your lower back.
This pulling on the lower back WILL decrease blood flow and circulation as well as delayed nerve response to the hips. If you can’t see how tight hips can affect your sex life, please read that again. Decreased blood flow and circulation will happen with tight hips.
If you thought that was bad enough, let’s look at the emotional side of this issue, as this might be more important than our physical performance in the bedroom. Our emotions have a lot to say about the current state of our sex life. Ask anyone if emotions and feelings have a role in their sexual desire.
If your psoas is constantly tight and overworked, the body is faced with permanent roadblocks of emotional and physical stress which forces the brain to continue to send warning signals to all of the systems of the body, including the reproductive system.
These signals trigger responses within the body that will cause an overexertion of the adrenal glands and will weaken the body’s natural immune response to stress. Stress and sex DO NOT go together.
Remember, the hips are the primary movers in sex and it’s somewhat common sense that we want our hips to be loose and flexible in order to achieve great dynamic sex.
So what does this mean for your sex-life? If you sit all day and aren’t doing the appropriate work needed to fix your hips, you can be sure you are not tapping into your peak sexual-health.
This Blog isn't all doom and gloom because luckily there is an easy fix. You see loosening your hips and hip flexors can actually be easy with something called the "Sequential Flow Method". Click to see more. At the end of this blog you can see a series of exercise designed with carefully selected exercises, including PNF Stretching, Static Stretching, 3-Dimensional Core Stability Exercises, Mobility Exercises, Fascia Stretching & Muscle Activation.
I have to tell you one thing though, the videos i'm giving you today is not the entire program. If you want the entire program you must click here right now because Rick is giving you a limited time offer if you get it today.
Till next time,
Chris Wilson, Coach at Critical Bench.
P.S. Rick is "THE" guy fitness professionals go to when they want to learn about the latest techniques to help their own clients. He's given over 352 live presentations to more than 8,152 health professionals in the US and Canada. His new Unlock Your Hip Flexors program is highly recommended. Check out the next series of videos. It gives you a few example of the types of stretches you can start with to Unlock your hip flexors. But remember this is not the entire program. If you want the entire program you must click here right now because Rick is giving you a limited time offer if you get it today.
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You Need Flexible Hips to Live a Long Healthy Life
"I have known Rick Kaselj since college. Since then I have gone to Chiropractic college and become a Diplomate of the International College of Applied Kinesiology and a Diplomate in Clinical Nutrition. As a result I have come to some important conclusions about how the body works. Hip flexibility, mobility and strength is one of the most important things you can do to keep your overall body healthy. The way we moved thousands of years ago is our natural state, which requires flexible and mobile hips.
I was excited to here about Rick Kaselj’s Unlock Your Hip Flexors program and have read the manual and watched the videos. I was very impressed with the content. I implemented the concepts and program into my practice with my clients.
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