November 22, 2012 by Katie
Before I dive into booty exercises, you need to stretch out your hip flexors.
This is important because one of the glutes main jobs is to extend your hip. If your hip extension is limited or restricted by tight tissues, you cannot fully activate your glutes. Tight hip flexors means shut off butt muscles.
I can guarantee that most, if not all of you out there have tight hips. If you sit for long periods of the day, then you most definitely have tight tissues that need to be addressed.
Again, because it’s so important: Stretch out the front of your hips, so you can maximize hip extension, allowing your glutes to fire at their full potential.
Below are two of my favorite hip flexor stretches. I recommend you do these before your training sessions or after a long day of sitting:
The Couch Stretch– developed by Kelly Starrett
Wide Lunge Stretch
Hold each stretch for 2 minutes on each side. Focus on squeezing your rear glute on both stretches, to actively open up your hips and prevent your low back from overextending.