Friday, January 13, 2012

Hip Flexibility Improves Change-of-Direction Speed

You can improve your change-of-direction speed with strong, flexible hips. Body positioning is critical if you want to improve your change-of-direction speed.

Side Leg Swings

Front Leg Swings

Hip flexibility is crucial to your success in speed sports. Improve hip range of motion with daily leg swing exercises.

Leg swings are a great way to improve your dynamic flexibility, loosen your hips and make you a faster, more fluid athlete.

If your hip flexor muscles are not flexible, you will not even be a good athlete in your sport(s)! Tight hip flexors also lead to some painful injuries (like pulls and strains) that are hard to recover from.

In many sports, it is not that easy to change direction and accelerate because you are often off balance. Having great dynamic balance means that you are able to maintain your center of gravity over a constantly changing base of support.

How to do Leg Swings:

Just swing your legs back and forth at least as high as your waistline. As you become more flexible, your legs will swing higher and more fluid.

Front and side leg swings are perfect to do before your sprint workouts.

Be sure and download your Free Dumbbell and Medicine Ball Metabolic Fat Burner Workouts and start shaping your body faster!

Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
Your Fitness University
My Fitness Hut
Her Fitness Hut
Sports Fitness Hut
Rapid Fat Loss and Six Pack Abs


  1. I love doing these..front to back, side to side. I also like to start the morning off by bring one knee in to my chest and rotating the leg around to get hip rotation and then the other. Keeps the joints nice and 'well greased'-especially on these coooold mornings!

  2. Usually I do not learn article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, quite great article.
    Splendid Littles Toddler Girls Toddler Oasis Stripe Dress


My Amazon Page