Your hip flexors are one of the most powerful muscles in your body. Most fitness experts would even say that it's the absolute most powerful muscles in your body. What are your hip flexors? Within our anatomy, these hip flexors are a group of skeletal muscles that work and act to flex the femur (which is the biggest single bone in your body and is situated on your upper leg) onto the lumbo-pelvic complex. Quite simply, it's the number of muscles that pull the knee upward. It is important to comprehend these flexor muscles because it's strong enough to assist you in doing heavy squats and it is strong enough so it does all the work when performing regular sit-ups (which many people think the ab muscles are doing the work). Thus, it is essential to activate these flexors to help you unleash the power of your whole body.
First, let's discuss the negatives of the flexor muscles. Sit-ups are done by most people thinking they're impacting their abdominals. Because the hip flexors are very powerful, they'll do all the work. There's nothing wrong focusing on these flexors, but it will do all the work on some exercises that you don't want them to do all of the work.
Now, most people will not realize how to get their hip flexors engage. Many sprinters and runners realize that these flexors directly impacts their speed and agility. It would have been a good plan how to activate these flexor muscles. Here's one method to do that. Lie on a typical bench with your legs up in the air but at a 90 degree angle (knees bent when you are lying down). Then, have someone pull on the feet and you resist that pull. You'll recognize that the muscles that allow you to pull back are your hip flexors. Try this exercise movement once click here or twice to understand how to engage your hip flexors.
Remember these flexor muscles because you wish to learn how to utilize them especially when you're doing heavy squats. Also, if you are in a scenario that will require you to generate power and strength such as sprinting, pulling something heavy, and other situations, learn to engage your flexor muscles in order that you don't use your arms and back as much. Your arms and back are strong but much less strong as your hip flexors. Have you see football players who make an effort to arm-tackle an opponent? They'll usually miss those tackles. But, once they use their shoulders which allows them to drive their opponent down, they are engaging their hip flexors.