Should you Stretch or Strengthen?Jun 08, 2022
The common thought is: “Stretch what feels tight."
Here’s the problem, your hip flexors may feel tight because of...
1) Neuroprotective tension resulting in the “locked long” phenomena (really common with hamstrings too)
2) Your movement patterns make the hip flexor your path of least resistance and “Overwork”
3) Your movement patterns don’t involve the hip flexor much “Underwork”
4) Actually shortened muscle lacking tissue extensibility
Most people who “Feel tight” fall into 1-3 and would be better served with full range of motion strengthening rather than stretching.
That being said, there’s a time and a place for stretching!
Go deeper than “stretch what feels tight” and if for example you’ve stretched your tight hamstrings for months, try adding some posterior chain volume.
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