CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > CrossFit Forum > Fitness
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Fitness Theory and Practice. CrossFit's rationale & foundations. Who is fit? What is fitness?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-30-2005, 07:40 PM   #1
Gregory Spilson
Member Gregory Spilson is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Detroit  MI
Posts: 78
...ever beneficial? I know there's the talk that they can inhibit running, jumping, etc.. But, are there any situations where they might prove to benefit an athlete? Just shooting off the hip with this one.
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2005, 07:49 PM   #2
Ben Kaminski
Member Ben Kaminski is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Cincinnati  OH
Posts: 875
Any athlete who doesn't need to run or jump ;) You could argue that cyclists don't need that flexibility, but I think having it would still be an advantage.
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2005, 08:29 PM   #3
Gregory Spilson
Member Gregory Spilson is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Detroit  MI
Posts: 78
I guess where I thought about it was something more like in boxing, or even gymnastics when performing an l-sit.
  Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2005, 08:30 PM   #4
Steve Shafley
Banned Steve Shafley is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Saginaw  MI
Posts: 508
I'd think tight hip flexors would hinder a gymnast quite a bit, but I don't know for sure.

  Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2005, 10:27 PM   #5
Steven Low
Member Steven Low is offline
 
Steven Low's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: silver spring  maryland
Posts: 12,221
Gymnasts need good contraction of the hip flexors (think stalders/endos on high bar as well as L and V-seats), but also need them to be loose so they can tumble/get a good set for flipping out of back handsprings. There is a difference.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2005, 07:35 AM   #6
Brian Hand
Departed Brian Hand is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 1970
 
Posts: 633
Tightness in the hip flexors doesn't equal strong hip flexion. Tightness is a limitation, it generally has NO benefits. (This is the third or fourth time I've heard tightness mentioned as a potential benefit lately, was this in an article or something? If so I'm skeptical.)

Hip flexor tightness in particular tends to foul up the biomechanics of your pelvis / lower spine, so even if you aren't doing something that involves powerful hip extention, it is a bad thing. Tight hip flexors interfere with good posture, making standing around a bit of a chore.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2005, 09:38 AM   #7
Roger Harrell
Affiliate Roger Harrell is offline
 
Roger Harrell's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: San Rafael  CA
Posts: 2,318
I have seen no case where limitations in flexibility have been of benifit in any gymnastics skill. If you are using the limit of a ROM to hold a strength skill you run a large risk of injury, possibly severe.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2005, 05:44 PM   #8
Dan Richter
 
Profile:  
Posts: n/a
First time poster, long time cyclist.

hip flexors and hammys get pretty tight from cycling which of course effects flexibility and makes one prone to injury. This is an issue for cyclist, or at least semi-serious cyclist, and I tend to work on it regularly. I can't see tightness ever being a good thing.

Dan
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2005, 07:15 PM   #9
Ian Holmes
Member Ian Holmes is offline
 
Ian Holmes's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Montreal  Quebec
Posts: 496
I personally hold to the belief that every athlete should be as flexible as possible (assuming of course that they are able to produce stength in the full ROM). Tight anything is more likely to lead to an injury at some point.
Also given that stretching can both aid recovery times as well as injury-proof the body, I think everyone should be doing them daily... exercise or not.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2005, 08:12 PM   #10
Jason Erickson
Member Jason Erickson is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Minneapolis  MN
Posts: 198
Tight hip flexors never help. The tighter they are, the less potential force generation they have. Tight hip flexors also tend to cause compensatory tension in opposing and surrounding muscles, resulting in hips that are generally tight in most directions/positions.

I've worked hard to release long-held tension in my hip flexors (a result of an old injury). I have achieved new personal bests each time my hip flexors finally concede another chunk of that tension. I'm now able to do stuff I could scarcely attempt just 6 months ago.

If you are looking for a way to feel better about having tight hip flexors, sorry. I can't think of a single advantage that provides.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hip flexors Michael McElroy Exercises 6 09-10-2006 02:29 PM
A tight Achilles Matt Cusack Injuries 10 03-25-2006 10:07 PM
Weakness/tighness in hips, glutes, hip flexors Andrew G. Greenberg Injuries 6 02-22-2006 12:50 PM
Left knee and hip flexors. Kris Crowley Injuries 5 10-27-2005 11:27 PM
Overloading hip flexors with BB cleans? chris muscarella Exercises 9 01-27-2005 04:44 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.