As we’ve mentioned before with the kneeling hip flexor stretch, becoming a more powerful runner involves stretching out your hip flexors, especially if your job has you sitting for long periods of time. Short hip flexors can restrict your range of motion, holding back the efficiency of your stride — the kneeling hip flexor stretch helps, but if you feel confident doing that one, it might be time to increase the intensity! This week, Coach Philip walks you through the couch stretch, and believe us, there’s no lounging involved. This is a deeper stretch that requires a little more balance and body control, but if you can master it, it’s a great way to increase hip mobility and put more power into each stride!
Philip Levi is a certified human movement specialist. His knowledge and experience both as an athlete and as a health coach have equipped him to do what I loves: helping others achieve active, fulfilling lives—lives in which they are the heroes of their own stories. His track record includes more than a decade of elite fitness training, for those ranging from his own clients to other instructors and coaches, all on the professional level. In addition to his expertise in biomechanics, he is a certified nutritionist with an intimate understanding and belief in an all-fronts approach to wellness, including mental health, injury prevention and rehabilitation. Over 12 years, he has accumulated experience working with athletes of every level of performance prowess, from weekend warriors to elite competitors. He takes it upon himself to not only know and live his profession (also an elite-level OCR competitor), but to know his clients. That means a personal, client-unique touch: location-specific programming for an athlete’s environment, goal-specific programming for efficient, effective training, and nutritional guidance. Targeting a range of fitness outcomes (from as broad as “getting in shape” to as specific as “increasing sprint speed and vertical jump”), He removes the monotony from programming whether you’re training once a week, or on all seven days. Whatever your goals are, he will help you reach them.