Do you spend a lot of time sitting behind a desk while doing your work, reading and using the computer?
Sitting is one of the worse habits that plagues modern men and women with plenty of easily avoidable diseases. You’ve probably heard that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy, but you also didn’t get the answer as to why that is the case.
The answer is found exactly in the musculo-skeletal physiology of the human body.
Our body was not designed to spend so much time in a sitting position as we often do nowadays. This destroys the flexibility of our hip muscles, and an especially neglected muscle group called the hip flexors, and causes stress and tension in the pelvic area as well.
Since I personally hit into all of these categories, I decided to fix this issue through Rick Kaselj’s Unlock Your Tight Hip Flexors program. In this review you will learn why tight hips can cause so many health issues, and whether the program is helpful or not.
The Health Issues Associated With Tight Hip Flexors
This might seem like an isolated issue that doesn’t have any impact on other parts of your body, but the influence of hip flexors is truly immense.
With tight hip flexors, your whole body suffers indirectly, and directly as well. Some of the things that go wrong with weak and short hip flexors are:
Back Pain & Bad Posture
Lower back pain is often caused by lack of flexibility in the hips.
With weak hip flexors there is a lot of tension in the lower back area. You might think that the pain is caused by weak lower back muscles, but in fact the pain and discomfort shoot upwards from the hips.
The pain becomes even worse when you try to develop good posture. As you attempt to develop a straight back posture, your hip flexors are not able to elongate enough to support it, and they cause a strain which can lead to spinal issues.
Or your back may naturally curve back to an unnatural position that became the norm as a result of physical inactivity. Bad posture causes further problems, intensifying lower back pain, but also causing a forward neck posture that has causes breathing issues and migraines on top of it all.
Reduced Sexual Performance
Your pelvic floor has a huge impact on your sexual performance. If the area is tense, it leads to a forward thrust which causes problems during the performance of sexual acts, but is also one of the main causes of erectile dysfunction.
By releasing the constant unnatural stress in the area through softening of the hip flexors, sexual performance can improve by a long margin and becomes more satisfying as well.
Perhaps the most obvious problem of locked hip flexors is felt during workouts.
Important exercises such as dead lifts, squats and most core strengthening exercises are directly affected by hip flexibility. With locked hip flexors, you’re not able to perform these exercises with full range of motion.
If also unables you to get the most strength benefits, as you’re not able to use the strength emanating from the hips and quads to the full extent.
By unlocking the hip flexors most people can do much deeper squats with more weight, and they’re also able to increase the amount of weight they lift with proper posture. This results in additional muscle and strength gains.
The same is also true for endurance improvement. To run correctly and avoid potential injuries, you need to have relaxed hip flexors. If not, your upper body develops a forward thrust which puts a huge amount of pressure on the lower back, and also doesn’t allow you to do full diaphragmetic breathing due to the crunched up position of the abdomen.
With unlocked hip flexors, you are able to move gracefully, with proper posture.
Quality of Sleep
Tight hip flexors don’t allow you to enjoy proper sleeping positions, as you constantly feel the need to curl in your bed.
You might also be waking up feeling stiff and with back pain upon waking up. The problem is really that the curled up position harms the back, as you stay in that position for most of the night. The back naturally catches up to the posture and carries it on in your waking hours as well, especially if you sit throughout the day.
The curled up position is also harmful for internal organs and digestion, but most of all for the respiratory system.
It doesn’t allow you to take deep breaths as you sleep, and thus depletes your body of oxygen. If you have sinus issues and mucus in the morning, shallow breathing caused by the unhealthy sleeping posture is a very likely culprit.
Does Unlock Your Tight Hip Flexors work?
First of all, if you google how to improve hip flexibility, there are hundreds of articles that provide pretty much the same few solutions: use a foam roller, or a tennis ball, and stretch the tissue and hopefully you’ll soften the muscle and it will turn back to normal
This approach unfortunately works only for a very few people.
The problem is that the hip flexors are really difficult to train and stretch.
Imagine if you were in the gym for the first time, and you try to target your back muscles with an isolation exercise. Chances are that most of the work is done by your biceps and shoulders because you still haven’t developed the mind-muscle connection necessary to isolate the back muscle.
Now imagine a muscle like hip flexors that you’ve never trained, and which is so hidden inside that it cannot be easily impacted by weights or machines.
In order to train it properly, you need not only special exercises, but also a special training approach with the correct sequence in which the exercises are performed.
It also requires you to approach the muscle from different angles, otherwise unlocking the flexors would take a very long time. This is where the Unlock Your Tight Hip Flexors program truly does wonders.
Rick Kaselj is a training expert who is often called upon by top professional athletes when they suffer muscular injuries. They don’t have time to rest for weeks or months due to their scheduled competitions. They need to alleviate injuries or train through them and grow stronger as a result.
Rick has developed a system of loosening the tension of the supporting muscle, which often gets tense from being overworked or remaining in the same position for a long time (like during sitting). This makes his approach quite revolutionary.
He’s had the most success with hip flexor work, which is why this program of his is popular among the general public as well. The program contains 6 different approaches that are all needed in order to unlock the hips.
PNF or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation is a combination of relaxation and activation of a muscle in order to relax that muscle around a joints. The program showcases various PNF techniques and how to do them properly.
2. Dynamic Stretching
Dynamic stretches are movements like high knees or butt kicks, that are used to warm up the muscle and improve its full range of motion. They are used together with PNF.
3. Mobility Exercises
These exercises are designed to improve the all around flexibility of the joint, especially during movements and exercises.
4. Fascia Stretches
Fascia is the deep rooted tissue that controls the spinal flexibility and coordination. By doing fascia stretching your whole upper body from pelvis up to the neck muscles relaxes and lengthens.
5. Muscle Activation Movements
These movements are focused on bringing a balance between the smaller joint muscles that are neglected in our sedentary habits and larger muscle groups. As the human body is made to be able walk on various surfaces, these muscles in a natural environment get equally worked as the larger muscles we focus on in the gym. MAM brings the two in balance, creating a healthier physiology.
6. Core Stability Exercises
These exercises focus on building the strength of the mid section and lower back. By building the strength of these areas through stability and isometric exercises, it reduces the pressure on the hip flexors and inadvertently reduces the stress placed upon them.
What Does The Program Contain
The Unlock Your Tight Hip Flexors program includes a PDF book with 63 pages of information on the program, how it works, how often to train and all the details required to perform it.
You also get the video demonstrations of all the necessary exercises and stretched. It shows you how to do them correctly, and also has Rick Kaselj personally giving you his insights for each exercise.
There are also 2 bonus items you get when ordering online.
The first one is a short book explaining how to get the perfect posture and maintain it on an everyday basis.
The other bonus item is a 7-day Anti-Inflammatory Diet. This second little book has clear scientific info on eating habits and foods which are helpful for building a healthy gut flora and getting rid of any existing inflammation. I already knew much of the info, but it’s definitely worth the read.
My Personal Experience
I have to say that Unlock Your Tight Hip Flexors has really helped me in multitude areas of my life. I ordered the program especially due to bad posture and forward thrust that I was developing for years.
It caused my belly to drop and my midsection was starting to look awful. With it, I also gained a forward neck posture that I wasn’t proud of.
I knew that my constant sitting in front of the computer was the main reason. My doctor advised me to do static stretches for hips, but it was hard for me to remain consistent, and I wasn’t sure if it would work or not, so I eventually gave up.
Unlock Your Tight Hip Flexors proved to be a great investment since I had all the necessary resources and professional guidance to make a change. After the first week I felt a real difference in how my back and hip area felt. They were simply relaxed and more flexible.
After 3 weeks my midsection looked far better, and now my stomach is constantly tucked in without any conscious effort. This also resulted in improved breathing and better neck posture.
In truth, it required consistent training 3-4 times a week to get these results, but with all the resources provided in the program it was easy getting into it and doing my best.
If you have tight hips, postural problems and simply feel a lot of tension in the pelvic area, I encourage you to try the program out, and improve your health through these proven methods.