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How to Stretch the Hip Flexors 2009-11-20 08:00:22

Stretch It: Twisting Hip Flexor Stretch

A common complaint among runners and cyclists is tight hip flexors, the area in front of the hips above the quads. Here's one of my favorite ways to lengthen that area, while also getting a subtle spinal twist — two great stretches in one!

To learn how to get into this stretch,


  • Begin in a lunge position with the right knee forward and the left leg extended behind you. The right knee should be directly above the ankle. Place a folded towel underneath your left knee if you feel any discomfort under or around your knee cap.
  • Rest your left hand on your right knee and bend your back (left) knee. Reach your right arm behind you and clasp the arch of your left foot. Lower your pelvis until you feel a nice stretch in the left hip flexor.
  • Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and then switch sides by bringing the left knee forward.
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