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Hip Flexors and Rowing

Monday, March 14, 2011

If you've been following my progress, you know I've been battling and rehabbing from a back injury fro nearly a year. Now that my cycling is pretty much back indoors, I thought I'd start using the rower as well. It would add some muscle and perhaps help strength my core.

The first time I tired, for only 10 minutes, I felt fine, but 15 minutes later, the old pain came back.

I had purposely waited until the night before a kinesiology appointment. Sure enough, the bottom two lumbar discs were out.

Today, at the kinesiologist's recommendation, I had my trainer check me on the rower to see if there was something with my form. No! The form is fine, but I wince whenever I do the return stroke.

The trainer stopped after 5 strokes and decided the problem is my hip flexors. It's an issue with women, especially when they get to my age, and if they're sedentary or, like me, are avid cyclists.

So, I now have a bunch of exercises specifically geared to strengthen my hop flexors. (Could this be why a few pilates exercises make me daft?)

The trainer also showed me how to use the rower without my legs so I'd get the benefit of the upper body workout.

I mentioned this to my kinesiologist this afternoon who said my hip flexors are usually tight and she thought it was from the cycling. She's happy it's not. She also suggested I tell the massage therapist on Wednesday so he works on them.

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    hey thanks for your comments, what hip flexors moves are you doing , I would like to try them as i have done quite a bit of cycling, mostly hard core rpm
    2645 days ago
    Such a good thing that your health care providers with various backgrounds are working together to help you fix your problem(s). Good goin, Carrie.
    2650 days ago
  • YICHE12
    If there's one person who will get through this it's you Carrie. I'm glad that you are seeing the appropriate people for this problem. Good luck sweetie! emoticon
    2651 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    No. These are done standing. The object is to lift your leg greater than 45 degrees and move it to the right or left, then move it back and back to the floor. Think of it as stepping sideways but up.
    2651 days ago
    Are these what you are doing? (albeit only 18 inches)
    2651 days ago
    Great news that there may be a solution!
    2652 days ago
    Tight hip flexors suck. Good thing you have a team to help you get it figured out. Good luck.
    2652 days ago
    Where there's a will...! Kudos to keeping on and pushing yourself AND your docs!

    2652 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    No. We're starting with really simple ones. My hip flexors are so tight, they barely move. It explains why I am in agony if I use an ellyptical. starting with simple raise leg 18 inches off ground and lower. Sounds wimpy, I know, but it's really hard for me.
    2652 days ago
    Glad to hear you're making progress.
    What are the hip flexor exercises you're doing?
    Any of 'em in here?
    2652 days ago
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