In this guide we’re going to look at the key points of technique for the kneeling hip flexor stretch. This video is one of a range of stretching guides within this series. This particular stretch focuses on the muscles in your hips and at the tops of your legs and is used widely in flexibility sessions or as part of a cool down.
Place your hands on your hips and keep a neutral spine by pulling in your belly button and tightening your lower abdominal muscles. This neutral position is key as it will protect your back during the movement and will allow you to stretch through the widest range possible.
Keep moving forward to get into a position where the stretch starts to feel uncomfortable but isn’t painful. Hold in this position for the required amount of time before switching legs and repeating on the other side.
It’s important to make sure that your toe and knee of your back leg plus the sole of your foot on your front leg stay in contact with the ground for the duration of the stretch.