Hip mobility and flexibility is important for the endurance athlete. Whether a cyclist, runner, or triathlete, having adequate range of motion and mobility in the hip joint is likely important. How much mobility an athlete needs is hard to say and is likely dependent on the athlete. Most of the activity we do as endurance athletes can create potential tightnesses around the hips. Whether in the hamstring muscles, the hip flexors, the glutes, or the quadriceps, these tightnesses that can develop over time with repetitive movements may end up impacting performance in some way later on down the line. Therefore, working on hip mobility should be important for endurance athletes. Check out this 10-min hip mobility routine that you can do at home with nothing more than a mat. This routine emphasizes the muscles surrounding the hip joint and that tend to be areas of tightness for the regular endurance athlete.
Happy training and racing!
-Ryan Eckert, MS, CSCS