“Unlock Your Hip Flexors” by Rick Kaselj is a complete blueprint for the psoas, a hidden and powerful muscle hidden in the abdomen connecting the upper body to the lower body.
This muscle is key for general body stability, mobility and flexibility but is always neglected by the majority of people mostly due to the ill effects of a sedentary life style and lack of awareness.
Externally invisible to the naked eye, the effects of its poor health and condition are very much tangible, manifesting themselves as a variety of ailments like back pain, lordosis (excessive curvature of the lower back), protruding belly, poor flexibility and mobility, lack of energy and generally poor physical performance.
Poor posture with stiff and weak hip flexors also carry subtle side effects like increased risk of injury and a lesser quality of life overall.
Unlock Your Hip Flexors was designed by Rick Kaselj with the intention to expose the importance of this neglected muscle and provide those affected with a safe and simple blueprint to restore it to full capability, eliminating all the nasty side effects associated with a sedentary life style.
However, the blueprint works just as well for weight lifters or sports people who may have developed an imbalance in antagonistic muscles, for example caused by strong glutes or hamstrings versus a weak psoas (Unlock Your Hip Flexors also contains an additional bonus blueprint for the hamstrings, just to keep everything in balance).
Stay tuned to find out how this program works and what it can do for you.
Who Can Benefit From It?
Mostly anyone with weak hip flexors, bad posture and flexibility stands to benefit. Anyone who spends long times sitting at a desk job or without a training history is a good candidate.
The author claims that weak hip flexors contribute to weight gain and that this blueprint also helps you lose fat.
This sounds a bit far fetched and over the top claim, and it may have more to do with a side effect of a sedentary life style rather than a direct impact of the psoas on weight gain.
Anyway, there is no doubt that the psoas has his relevance in overall fitness and that its weakness can lead to an array of unpleasant symptoms like stiffness, back pain and lack of mobility.
As such, this blueprint is useful to anyone suffering from the ill effects of a sedentary life style or even athletes who want to bring their hip flexors up to level with glutes and hamstrings strength.
What Kind Of Workouts You Get?
The exercises are methodical and follow some defined principles. You could probably find something like that by searching the web, but it would take many long hours to weed out the good from the bad.
Rick Kaselj is against traditional static stretching the like of which you easily find on YouTube channels. It claims this kind of stretching is useless and could even do more damage.
Instead, he recommends engaging the psoas from different angles with different techniques in order to stimulate it properly.
He uses a sequence of specific exercises designed to unlock hips, back and legs, like these ones:
Dynamic Stretching – It consists of movements like high knees or butt kicks where you move the hip joint through its full range of motion in order to eventually achieve a greater range of motion while warming up the muscles around the joint at the same time.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching – A long mouthful to describe the ability to activate a specific muscle in order to kick start the relaxation of other joint muscles and thus decrease stiffness.
Fascia Stretching – Another variety of stretching targeting the tissue that the hip flexors are embedded in, in order to stretch and loosen up the fascia.
3-Dimensional Core Exercises – These exercises are executed in all planes of motion so as to target the core muscles for increased strength and endurance and less stress on joints.
Muscle Activation Movements – These movements target all those sleeping muscles that are deactivated through an inactive life in order to re-activate them and restore mobility to the body.
Mobility Exercises – Another set of exercises that focus on joint and its functionality and get the joint to move unhindered.
All these exercises are implemented with a precise sequence called “sequential flow method“, which is basically a hierarchical workout structure with the foundation exercises at the bottom of an imaginary pyramid and the hardest exercises at the top.
This sequence guarantees proper warm up and stretching before strengthening the psoas, thus preventing injury and actually helping recover from weak hip flexors without setbacks.
This sequence is in place so that you can do the movements in the right order to untangle not just the psoas but all the tissues surrounding it like the fascia, the connective tissue and the joint capsule, while increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.
About Rick Kaselj
Rick Kaselj is a exercise therapist, kinesiologist and personal trainer who has been in the fitness and rehab industry since 1994. He holds a Master’s Degree in exercise science with expertise in kinesiology, corrective exercise and therapeutic exercise.
Today he works directly with clients and teaches his techniques to Kinesiologists, healthcare providers and fitness professionals. He is an avid researcher always on the lookout for more effective rehab and training methods and has attended more than 260 presentations to more than 5,000 fitness professionals across Canada and USA as a speaker.
Rick Kaselj is a kind of pioneer, in that he researches, tests and creates innovative solutions to eliminating pain and healing injuries that stray away from standard practice (source).
He is a kind of analytical guy, who likes to discover what actions and bad habits in people’s daily lives contribute to stress and tension on muscles, tendons, tissues and joints with resulting pain and injury.
Breaking down these bad habits is the foundation upon which he builds the restorative methods he creates, like the ‘Unlok Your Hip Flexors” program.
Unlock Your Hip Flexors Contents
This is a digital program coming with 2 main components plus 2 bonuses. The program does not require home delivery but is available immediately from the official website through a download. The components are:
Unlock Your Hip Flexors Manual – The foundation of the program with information on the psoas, its bio-mechanics and description of the exercises with pictures.
Unlock Your Hip Flexors Video Library – 10 video tutorials showcased by Rick in person explaining how to properly execute these movements and engage the hard to access psoas.
The tutorials are divided in two parts, the first explaining the fine details of the exercises, the second formatted as a follow-along routine without explanation.
Bonus 1 – Unlock Your Tight Hamstrings – This is a welcome complementary routine for the hamstrings, a muscle group as neglected as the hip flexors when it comes to sedentary life style.
Sitting all day causes tight hamstrings to rotate back hips and pelvis, flattening the lower back and contributing to poor posture in addition to a stiff psoas.
This routine is in place to balance the hip flexors routine if and when required, so as to have a more complete positive outcome.
Bonus 2 – The 7-Day Anti Inflammatory Diet – A holistic diet blueprint designed to reduce pain and stiffness naturally, fighting inflammation caused by toxins in food and water. The manual offers simple meal plans, nutrients recommendations, supplements tips and shopping lists.
Unlock Your Hip Flexors Final Thoughts
This unique program offers a simple and good value solution for a large slice of the population afflicted by poor posture and pain caused by an unhealthy, sedentary life style.
The exercises are unlike any static-stretching blueprints you may come across video channels and were designed and organized in a strategic sequence by a super qualified rehab and injury exercise expert with tons of credentials and years of success in the field.
The movements are completely bodyweight and can be performed anywhere, taking very little of your time and being highly effective, as proven by the many testimonials.
In addition, Unlock Your Hip Flexors offers a valuable video section for a better representation on how to perform the exercises which is almost unheard of for programs of the same price it is currently sold for, plus it has a valuable hamstring blueprint for completion.
The only downside are the excessive and annoying up-sell tactics on top of the core program during the purchase phase, which you can always ignore.
All in all, considering the expertise of the author, the quality and effectiveness of the workouts and the very good value, Unlock Your Hip Flexors stands up to scrutiny as a valid solution for those suffering from the ill effects of a sedentary life style.