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Glute Activation Exercises

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Updated June 18, 2014

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Glute Activation Exercises: Hip Flexor Stretch
Hip Flexor / Psoas Stretch

Hip Flexor / Psoas Stretch

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Before jumping into the glute activation exercises, make sure your hip flexors are relaxed. Use this slow, static hip flexor stretch to help inhibit the hip flexors, particularly the powerful psoas muscle, while you get your glutes firing.

The Hip Flexor / Psoas Stretch

  • Begin in a forward lunge position and drop your back knee to the floor.
  • Raise your arms and hands up over your head and look up.
  • Press your hips forward and down toward the floor. Feel a stretch through your torso, hip, groin and thigh.
  • Hold the stretch for about 20 to 30 seconds, release and repeat on the other leg.
  • You can modify this stretch based upon your own flexibility and limitations, but be sure to keep your forward knee over or behind your ankle -- not in front of it.
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