SQUAT MOBILITY: TFL lacrosse ball (6/7)
In the final 2 days of our squat series, we will pull out the lacrosse ball to work on freeing up the muscle and myofascial around the hip. This will be a painful experience if you haven’t done it before but the more you do it, the more the muscles will relax. To release the TFL (tensor fascia lata) lay face down and place the ball on the front outer portion of the hip. Move your bodyweight around to find the right spots and stay there for 30 seconds or so until the muscles relax.
Releasing the TFL can help to reduce tension up the side of the thigh because the main role of this muscle is to tense the ITB (iliotibial band). Too much tension here can produce hip and knee issues so check yourself before you wreck yourself!
When starting out with this you DON” T need to put all your weight into it, you don’t need to cause excruciating pain to get results! Stay within a tolerable pain range but don’t get soft and expect this to feel pleasant either.
STAY TUNED FOR THE REST OF THE SQUAT MOBILITY SERIES COMING UP THROUGH THE WEEK.
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