60 thoughts on “Front Kick HIP FLEXOR Conditioning For Front Kick Martial Arts Hip Flexors

  1. I dont know if you have any experience with wing chun but would this exercise be good for wing chun guys who tend to lean back with their stance?

  2. If I am imagining what you are asking correctly, the movement in WC is more abdominals dominated, as opposed to hip flexors, which is shown here.

  3. I take it as you are saying that not everyone trains the supporting leg, only the kicking leg. Is that what you meant?

  4. Once you develop flexibility and strength in that range of motion, you can do maintanance work. I don't do bare minimum, because I like to do these exercises and I like to teach them.
    Some people can get away with 2 times a week and some people with 3.

  5. hey paul i found this video very helpful thanks!
    i have a question, does this also apply for other kinds of kicks, say, the side kick?


  6. Thanks for your comment. This is specific for front line kicks, not as directed to side line kicks, but doesn't hurt to practice.

  7. Ikespace79,
    Side split does NOT transfer over into the correct side kick. Chances are the pain your are feeling is due to incorrect conditioning and/or incorrect kicking form.

  8. Side line kicks rely on the hip flexors, but not primarily. Have you seen my High Side Kick video? It may help you. I also have two other videos here on youtube about the side kick technique. Take a look at them.

  9. You are the bomb! I couldn't get this info out of a personal trainer at Gold's Gym.

    I did this exercise last night and it's just what I need to strengthen my hip flexors after a much, much too long absence from gymnastic practice.

  10. ApolytonGP,
    There is no way I can prescribe an exercise routine, just based on your description. You need someone next to you, who can test you, and adjust your routine as you train.
    Find a good PT, if he gives you a general routine, which he already had put together and uses for everyone, go to someone else.

  11. There is no best. Only specific to what you need. You can do a supine leg raise, you can do a standing leg raise. See my channel for those.

  12. Can this help for active flexibility of my front leg raises? Since I first stepped in my dojo I really looked up to the people who could hold their legs at about shoulder height when they raise them up front. I only got to the point where I can keep my leg parallel to the floor and it seems I haven't moved on since. Any advise on what exercises I should do to achieve my goal?

  13. Using the block in the low back, brilliant. This works so well. I have always strained my low back doing this exercise. Great stuff, and great explanation, especially regarding the hamstrings.

  14. Obviously this exercise increases the strength of the Hip Flexors BUT does it increase the SPEED of the hip flexors or of ones Front Kick???… The movement is performed slowly which makes me think it will not increase there speed. I'm not sure.

  15. Could this excercise also be beneficial for hurdling. Not sure if your familiar at all with the mechanics but they are very similar. Lead with the knee over the hurdle, use the hip flexors to snap the trail leg down after the lead leg has cleared.

  16. dude thank you. i have a hip condiction and when my hip gets tired make it hard to walk. i will put this to work, i fell like a kid again. i think God for you again…. thank you

  17. @Sick3ninVend3tta Strength is fast twitch, so is speed. People will still train the kick to do it fast, but this gives the body the potential to do it.

  18. @Elasticsteel The supine leg raise is what you did here right? I can see how due to the angle, it stresses the stretched-strength most whereas the standing would stretch the shortened-strength most (like what you would need as agonist in static-active strength).

    If we were strongest somewhere around the 45 degree range then we'd hit this with both moves and deal with issues of under-active and over-active insufficiency.

  19. @billysue2 Gymnastic poses have health, balance, strength benefits which can translate to more confidence and easier accomplishment of kicking poses, poses are held in a lot of martial arts (wide stances come to mind) to develop strength and flexibility conductive to attempting kicks.

  20. Paul, thanks so much for this. I have injured my hip flexor ca. 6 weeks ago and was looking for rehab & strengthening exercises here on YouTube. I am really pleased I found this clip. You explain and demonstrate everything perfectly. The part about the compensating/tilting pelvis made me understand how I must have injured myself in the first place. I might use light ankle weights to start with, but am sure this exercise will help gradually. Do keep posting, double thumbs up for your great work!

  21. Hi Paul, I do kung fu and have noticed my left hip seems less flexible and seems to lock/or lack the mobility when I try to stretch on my left side. So I've been trying your exercise and notice that my left hip makes a deep clunking noise when I begin, which fades bit by bit until it disappears if I do 2 sets of 12 reps. Do you have any idea what it could be, are there other movements I could do to treat this. Thanks for a great video.

  22. This is excellent. Thank you for posting this. Typically (as for most men), my hip flexors are what needs most work in general. I play Capoeira and after watching this there are several things which now make sense (like where the extended strength can be built).

  23. Thank you for posting! Very informative! I will need to purchase some of those yoga blocks now. I've been trying to find something that will help build strength so my hips are aligned during splits & this is just perfect! Thanks again!

  24. I'm glad u made this video I'm a green belt in tkd. I seem to have great power but I'm so stiff when I do a side kick. my legs tense up when I try to kick high above my belt level.

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