Directions: Perform my
exercises at “beginning” of workout for maximum benefit and improvement.
Pick a safe level; never be unsafe or exceed your capacity to “control” your
Pull knee "up, across, & diagonally."
OBJECTIVE: Open hips & spinal column.
Stand upright with feet shoulder-width
Quickly pull knee up and across front
of body towards opposing hand as you keep torso pointed straight forward.
Repeat all reps on one side then
Perform 5-10 reps on each side.
Tips: A good exercise to start opening the hips.
Just about everyone can do some level of this exercise. It's also a great
dynamic warm-up before an activity like tennis, basketball, or any sport that
involves a lot of cutting and running.
This is a good modification for those
that have too tight of hips to perform the
Drop Lunge properly. If you have balance problems, you can hold onto
a wall or pole as you pull knee across chest still getting most of the benefit
out of this movement.
I learned this one from
functional training guru Mark Verstegen of Athlete's Performance. For
more info on Verstegen and his work, go to:
Mobility Exercises (Organizer List Only)
This exercise is intended for "normal healthy"
individuals. If you have an injury, or abnormal pain is present,
see your physician or a certified physical
therapist before continuing your exercises.
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