Coppell Trainer Tip – Stretching the Hip Flexor

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Apr 12

Coppell Trainer Tip – Stretching the Hip Flexor
Check out the Trainer tip video from Julie below.
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Get You In Shape Coppell Trainer Tip –  Stretching and Mobility

The hip flexor is a group of muscles that attach your femur, or thigh bone, to your pelvis and lumbar spine. The hip flexor allows you to raise your legs toward your torso. The muscles of the hip flexor are also responsible for keeping your hips and lower back strong, flexible and properly aligned.

The purpose of the hip flexors is so that you have trunk extension (going forward) , so that you can lift your knees up, so that you can move your legs front to back and side to side. This is very important for working out at our Coppell fitness sessions, important for walking everyday and important for runners.

The problem is that the hip flexors get shortened everyday because many of us sit down for hours each and every day. Government statistics suggest that almost half of us report sitting more than six hours a day; 65% say they spend more than two hours a day watching TV.

Consequences of Poor or Tight Hip Flexor Health
If your hip flexors are overdeveloped, tight, stiff or short, you’ll suffer from lower back pain and hip pain.  Tight hip flexors pull your pelvis into an unnatural forward tilt, which in turn pulls your lumbar spine out of alignment, causing lower back pain. Since the hip flexor is a major stabilizer of the lower body, if your hip flexor is too weak you’ll suffer from poor balance and postural problems. You may have problems with your hip joints and frequent misalignments in your lumbar spine. You’ll have trouble standing and walking for long periods of time.

Restoring hip mobility will help in several areas. It should reduce or eliminate lower back and/or knee pain stemming from overcompensation. It should improve your power output by allowing you to fully engage your posterior chain in training exercises just like we do at the Get You In Shape Coppell fitness sessions.

Hip mobility will improve your relationship with the rest of your body. Because the hips are the most common sites of poor mobility, many people are walking around with dysfunctions borne of overcompensation.

How do we improve our hip flexors and mobility around the hips?
The Get You In Shape Coppell fitness boot camp incorporates a warm up before starting each and every workout.
Before Coppell fitness workout – Start your workout with some dynCoppell Fitness Readyamic exercises (continual movement or stretch ) to help your hip flexors.
After your workout –

We have put some great Hip Flexor stretches on the video above. So make sure you check it out.

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Julie McCan, Lead Trainer @ Get You In Shape
Get You In Shape Client since 2008
Get You In Shape Trainer Since 2008
Certified Personal Trainer
American Council on Exercise

Julie currently is the Lead Trainer at Get You In Shape.
She leads and assists the other Get You In Shape personal trainers. She leads the clients as the fitness sessions

Julie spent 24 years in telecommunications industry before making the decision to retire from corporate life and embark on a journey to find a new passion.   Since high school, personal fitness and overall wellness has been important to Julie.   Once retired, she was able to refine her focus on her fitness and health goals.

After losing over 15 pounds through diet and exercise, she decided to try one of Brad’s Fitness Boot Camps to push her to the next level.  Not only did she find what she was looking for in a total body workout, she also discovered her new passion may be in helping others with their fitness goals.  Timing could not have been better since Brad was looking to grow his business and found Julie to be a great fit with his desire to “hand pick” his team and help them grow into personal trainers that can motivate, challenge, instruct and ultimately lead Get You In Shape Fitness Boot Camps.

Julie has a great deal of empathy for Get You In Shape Fitness Boot Camp clients that struggle with keeping their fitness and health goals as a high priority.  Her background,  that included various high stress management positions, lots of travel, and a family life to juggle, mirrors many Fitness Boot Camp clients.  Julie has been a resident of Coppell, TX since 1984 and feels a strong connection to the community and its residence.  Being able to help people in her own community is just one more perk in realizing her passion.

It is in a large part due to the strong support of Julie’s husband, Chuck and daughter Erin (a 2007 CHS graduate and graduate of Colorado State University), that she has been able realize this passion.  Through continuing education, certification courses and support from Brad Linder, she continues to learn and grow in her role as Lead Personal Trainer  at Get You In Shape. However, the biggest reward for Julie has been to actually see the joy in clients when they realize their own fitness goals and see results from Get You In Shape Fitness Boot Camps.
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