One problem I find with the hip raises (foot on floor or bench) is that it doesnt allow for a complete range of movement because the foot is fixed to a surface & the hips are fixed to the ground. This limits the flexion & extension of the hamstrings & glutes. What I do is allow the foot to slide horizontally but to do so you need a proper apparatus such as the seat of a rowing machine. As you raise your hips you slide your foot out & as you lower them you slide your foot in. You can also try the opposite of this (hips up foot in/hips down foot out). Think of it as a lying down squat (aka leg press). Please note this is not an exercise to create an unstable surface to work on stabilizer muscles. This is just another way to manipulate the stimulation of your glutes & hamis. Great as a pre or post exhaustion exercise.
Posted on: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:26:16 +0000
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