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Hip Twist

by Anthony Carey, MA

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The hip twist is a static flexibility exercise that will work the outer line of the hip as well as create some thoracic rotation as the upper and lower body go in opposite directions. First, raise your arms to shoulder level, straight across with your palms down. Take your right ankle and cross it over your left knee just above the ankle bone. From this position, keep your upper body anchored to the floor and rotate your hips so that the bottom of the right foot and the outside of the left leg go to the floor. It's important that the foot stays flat on the floor and you aren't rocked. Once here, gently push your right knee away from your body, opening up the hip a little bit more and rotate your head toward your right hand. This is a static exercise, so it's held for 30 to 45 seconds. If the client has difficulty getting to the floor with the right foot, give them a little help and place a phone book or foam roller underneath to limit how far they have to the floor. This should not be a painful stretch.

About the Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA

Anthony Carey, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA, owns Function First in San Diego, California. He holds a master?s degree in biomechanics and athletic training, and is an internationally-recognized speaker on biomechanics, posture, motor control and musculoskeletal pain and function. As a best-selling author, his work has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Anthony is also the inventor of the Core-Tex.