No More Pain From Having Weak Hips
It’s in the hips…it’s all in the weak hips. A wise saying from the ever so powerful and life changing movie of Happy Gilmore. That could be said for different facets of our lives. If you dance, they need to be tight yet fluid. If you move boxes all day for the moving company then you need to get your hips under you to avoid messing up your back.
So what if you are just a guy sitting on his computer. You workout a little bit but you’re not here to win any beauty pageants. First off…don’t see yourself short. You are beautiful snowflake. Second of all, the average Joe Smo should value his hips even more. For all his life he has taken them for granted.
The athlete cares more about his hips than he would like to let onto. But if you see a football player on the line before the ball is snapped, you better believe that that gorilla of a human has his hips bundled up ready to explode!
Back to the guy who doesn’t give a shit about his hips but “works out”. You always make sure to hit chest and back, then gets on the leg press machine for 3 sets of 10 thinking that was a leg workout.
Wake Up Call
That was nothing. Your weak hips happen to be the connection between the legs and the upper body but they did nothing. So where are we left. So what are left with underdeveloped weak hips that don’t stand a chance in the normal everyday activities of sitting in a chair 10-12 a day.
I will not stand for having weak hips. we will actually not be able to stand all because of the baby chick muscles we call our hips
Next Steps Before You Can’t Walk
The hip flexors are one of the most misunderstood muscles out there. Most people assume strong legs means strong hip flexors. They could be correct, but they also be very wrong.
These muscles attach to the back and more specifically the lumbar spine. I have had this issue for the last 5 years. Tight hamstrings, weak hip flexors and bad back. I like to call this the triangle of stiffness (copyright in the works).
So what the hell can I do for it? Only god knows and your local chiropractor…ok actually there is a lot you can do
-The simple machine of good girl / bad girl. Sit down and simply take your legs and open then up against a pad. Then on the reverse close them against the pad. These sons of bitches will hurt and make you walk like a penguin the next day.
-Squat till the cows come home – no more leg press for us. And let’s hit parallel. We don’t need to go ass to grass, but you can work up to it if you want.
Now that you are growing some muscles to support those hip flexors we need to make sure that they are not overly tight – which they will be.
-Hamstring stretch by touching the ground or toes – there are a few variations out there but it’s important not to lock your knees. You want them slightly bent so the emphasis is on the hamstring, not your entire leg
-Take a knee and then really drive into the it. You can place your body on either side of the knee but you want to feel it near or around your inner goodness area.
-Last, the butterfly – sit down on the floor and try to place your bottoms of feet together. If you are just starting you will NOT be able to do this. Start slow and work your knees down eventually.
It’s all about doing it day by and day and making this part of your lifestyle moving forward. No quick fix for the weak hips.