In the videos below I cover two ways to start working on your hip mobility. How do you know if you need hip mobility work? Start by trying to do a squat keeping your toes pointed forward. Can you squat all the way to the floor? If you cannot then it is likely your hips are too tight. You can also watch my other videos on hip motion to get a better idea as well.
There are many ways to increase range of motion but it is important to target the major restrictions that lead to immobility. The big three are muscle tension which accounts for roughly 40% of restrictions, joint capsule restrictions which account for almost 50% of joint motion restrictions and fascial restrictions which play into both joint and muscle restrictions as the fascia attaches to both. So when developing a program to increase range of motion we need to make sure we are targeting all of these areas. Therefore the first video below is aimed at the joint capsule while the second video is to release the muscles and fascia. This will really start to make a big difference in your flexibility. Later I will post some videos on exercises to include to help balance the muscles as well to make the gains from the releases last longer.
Also make sure to watch for some more posts where I will attach several videos from Kelly Starrett on hip mobility as well as there are many different ways to perform these techniques.
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