This article is an excerpt from Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes by Erin Taylor. In this comprehensive guide, Taylor identifies the 10 most common issues holding athletes back and gives specific poses to solve them. In addition, the book incorporates breathing and focus exercises to make you a stronger athlete in both body and mind.
We know that our “hips don’t lie” and chances are your hips are screaming some truth at you right now! So what are they saying? Your hips are capable of a dynamic range of motion, but typical forward-oriented movement (walking, running, and cycling) only flex and extend your hips. When the hip muscles responsible for rotation (turning out and in) and abduction/adduction (moving out to the side and back in) are not used, they become stiff and sleepy.
PROBLEM: The small muscles of your hips are there to provide a foundation for optimal alignment, allowing the larger muscles can do their job effectively. Weak hip muscles lead to instability making you more susceptible to knee, hip, and back pain.
SOLUTION: Incorporate lateral (side-to-side) motion to offset your typical forward-oriented activity. By waking up your hip stabilizers and strengthening the underused muscles, you will create a more stable and efficient stride.
The Hit Reset SELF-TEST will reveal where your hips need help!
When you’ve identified the stretches that are most beneficial to you, work on strengthening your hip helpers with Reset Routines to maintain optimal range of motion and prevent back/IT band strain.
Gain balance, strength, and mobility with Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga For Athletes by Erin Taylor. The HIT RESET approach uses yoga to solve the specific problems you face as an athlete. Her revolutionary way to do yoga can improve functional strength, flexibility, muscle recruitment, breathing and focus, core strength, and durability.