Exercises for Strong Psoas Muscles

Exercises for Strong Psoas Muscles

For me, strengthening my psoas muscles was the missing piece of the IT chain puzzle.

The psoas is the base of the IT chain pyramid. The 2nd layer of the pyramid is your external obliques, low abs and transversus abdominal. If your left psoas is weak, then typically the left external oblique is also weak. And your left quadratus lumborum probably has a history of going into spasm. Yes, they are related. The QL is likely the antagonist of the psoas.

I became more serious about strengthening my hip flexors when I enrolled in Pole Fitness Classes. I learned a lot of these exercises from my pole fitness teacher, and I've been sharing them with the StrongFit community. You'll notice I even use my pec stick, which you can get here.

I also like to do unilateral GHD sit ups with my pec stick to target my psoas. p.s. they are no joke.

Key points: Use your entire IT chain, focus on the isometric contraction, and don't forget to breathe!



Learn More:

If you want to learn about breathing and torque and how it impacts the way you move, and how I apply StrongFit to my home and gym workouts, then check out my ONLINE  Strength Academy.

If you are new to StrongFit, and want to learn from me in person, then check out my Intro to StrongFit 2-Day Seminar (Sept 22/23, 2018, Toronto).


 

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Dr. Sara Solomon is the creator of the Fat Loss Fast System about Intermittent Fasting and Flexible Dieting. She has degrees from McGill University in dentistry (DMD) and physical therapy (B.Sc. PT). She is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, ACE personal trainer, NASM fitness nutrition specialist, Mad Dogg Spinning Instructor, Certified Level 2 Buddy Lee Jump Rope Trainer and Ambassador, a Team Bodybuilding.com and BSN athlete, and a retired PRO Fitness Model. Her passion is teaching others how to fuel and move well.

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