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Published on Nov 13, 2012
This is the limbering/mobility version of the all-important hip flexor stretch. And, although I do not talk you through this aspect in this video, you can add a contraction:
Once in the deepest, and technically best, position you can achieve (and making sure that you have tucked the tail as much as you can AND have the back leg's hip as far forward as you can), then try to drag the back leg forwards for five seconds or so.
Then, take a breath in, re-apply all the cues, and as you breathe out, try to straighten the back leg's knee a little more. This will be hard work.
This sequence is the best possible warm-up for both a quadriceps and a hip flexor stretch. This sequence is unique in that it is both a strong stretch (if you add the contraction) and an excellent strengthening movement—try holding the bottom position for two minutes (we have done *five* in the Advanced classes).
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