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- Use this exercise increase your hip mobility and have more usable range of motion in strength training exercises such as squats.
Hey it’s Nick Ortego here. I’m
going to show you this exercise that you
can use before a workout especially like
a squat workout or a deadlift workout.
It let’s you activate your glutes but also
work on hip mobility at the same time.
It’s kind of inspired by yoga and it’s
called the active pigeon. So the pigeon
pose in yoga looks kind of like this.
Bring one knee up toward the wrists of
the same side and your foot over toward
the opposite side. And then extend the
leg back. You get to where you feel a
stretch in your hip. For me this is the
right hip we have on the front side,
front leg. Feel any stretch there and I’m
gonna have me hips parallel with the
floor. The pelvis is squared up toward
the front. So I don’t want to be over
here like this. Then from here I kind of
sit into that stretch and that push my
leg into the floor like this. And then
relax, and relax. I
call that the active pigeon. Five reps on
each side is a good start. Try that
before a heavy leg workout especially if
you have trouble getting depth in the
squat and if you get any benefit from
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Author: Nick Ortego is the owner of N 2 Action, a wellness studio in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offering personal training, health coaching, yoga, and assisted stretching.
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