Release Tight Hips with this New Twist on a Vital Stretch


Did you know too much tension on the front of your hips can prevent the back of your hips from working?

In other words, if the front of your hips, aka your hip flexors, are too tight, your glute muscles can’t activate and help you walk properly.

And no amount of glute strengthening exercise will help if you don’t create length on the front of your hips first.

In today’s video, I’ll show you how to stretch your hip flexors so your glutes work better when you walk.

This exercise takes the kneeling hip flexor stretch and brings in the upper body with a reach and a twist.

Check out the exercise in today’s video if you want:

  • To walk better
  • Improve your balance
  • Have more muscle tone in your caboose
  • Feel relief from achy, tight hips 


After you give it a try, I’d love to know how it went. You can tell me in the comments below.

With a twist,

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Hi, I’m Sydney… I’m here to help you get out of pain and get stronger and more flexible through alignment-based restorative exercise so you can enjoy all the activities you love in life. You can work with me in two convenient ways: digitally through the Pilates Tonic Online membership or personally with in-person Restorative Movement Sessions.

4 Responses

  1. Thank you Sydney. Tried this and when I got up to walk around, my ankles and feet on that side I worked on kept popping/snapping. Very tough to get leg bone to go behind pelvis without back arching and right side has different tension issues from left. Would working on the tighter side help with getting pelvis to feel more aligned? Or working more on the achier side?

    1. Hi Christina, I’d give a little more focus to the tighter side. For example, when you practice this exercise, do the tighter side first, then do the other side, and then go back and do the tighter side one more time. Hope this helps. Thanks for sharing!

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