Stretching for Men
Are you a man who feels inflexible and tight muscled throughout your entire body? Then take a look at this from Brentwood, MO personal trainers.
Many men struggle with inflexibility and diminished joint range of motion, especially as they age. Hip tightness, for example, can hinder athletic performance and possibly lead to various injuries. Unfortunately, stretching often takes a back seat to cardiovascular and strength training. I know because lots of my St. Louis male personal training clients don’t stretch.
The good news is that you can increase hip flexibility using effective stretches with continuously looped resistance bands. The stretches can help restore agility, strength, power and balance.
Try these exercises from Clayton, MO personal trainers.
From supine, place right foot firmly against wall, knee straight (keep this contact throughout).
Loop band around left foot and, with L hip flexed at 90 degrees, grasp band 2 inches from L foot.
Pull band and foot toward R shoulder while allowing L knee to bend, feeling strong stretch in L glute; hold 2–3 seconds before releasing.
Repeat multiple times for 1 minute, bringing L foot closer to R shoulder with each rep. Do not allow R knee to bend.
Wrap band firmly and securely over arch of L foot.
Grasp band approximately 6–8 inches from L foot while placing R foot firmly against wall, R knee fully straightened. Keep it straightened throughout movement.
With elbows on floor at shoulder height, press L heel toward ceiling, straightening L knee as much as possible.
Perform rhythmical repetitions, straightening L knee and flexing L hip more with each rep while preventing R knee from flexing.
Between reps, bend L knee just enough so that stretch tension is taken off L hamstring.
Anterior Hip and Thigh
To optimally stretch anterior hip and thigh, actively engage opposite hamstring to avoid compensation. Also, engage core to avoid arching in low back.
Wrap band around R foot and lie on R side.
Bring L leg in front, flexing L knee and hip to 90 degrees while firmly placing foot on floor.
Position R leg behind you. Firmly grasp band behind head.
Fully extend elbows, increasing band tension. Actively move elbows through full range of motion to stretch R anterior hip and thigh.
Keep R thigh behind body, not in front. This will ensure both hip and thigh are being stretched simultaneously.
With band attached to L foot, hold L elbow relatively close to floor at shoulder height. Press R leg firmly against stable structure (this is key).
Rhythmically press L heel laterally and upward, trying to straighten knee fully with each rep. Keep movement short; release when tension is off muscle; repeat.
Maximize full range of motion with each rep while keeping R leg flat and foot secure.
For more information on stretching for men, contact Maurie Cofman, AHFS, CES, TBMM-CES, Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist in the St. Louis, Brentwood, and Clayton, MO area.