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Hip Flexor Pull-In

Functional weight-bearing exercise to stimulate the hip flexor muscles while activating the core.

Advanced Hip Flexor Rehabilitation

This is an advanced rehabilitation exercise is for the hip that incorporates core stabilization.  It is demonstrated here in a functional weight-bearing position in order to stimulate the hip flexor muscles while activating the core muscles to stabilize the body during the movement. Advance to this exercise after you have mastered the previous supine (lying on your back) position.

How To…

1. After you have mastered the general movement pattern of flexing at the hip from a supine position (lying on your back) with the use of resistance tubing, progress to a standing position.

2. Begin in a standing position while holding a dowel (like a cane) in order to aid in stabilization until you get stronger with this exercise.

3. Raise opposite leg (opposite to the dowel) to a 90* angle at the hip.  Hold this position while activating your core and hip flexor muscles.

4. Be careful not to “cheat” while performing this exercise.

5. Perform the exercise with 5 second hold and 5 reps each leg

André Noël Potvin, MSc, CES, CSCS, TFL, is a Clinical Exercise Specialist and Owner of Infofit, North America’s Premier School for Fitness Professionals