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Neglect mobility work, and injury is guaranteed—especially before big moves such as squats and deadlifts. The hips are key movers in both of those exercises and a whole bunch of others, which is why Don Saladino, owner of the Drive Clubs in New York City and a trainer to A-listers like Ryan Reynolds, urges you to give the 90/90 hip stretch a try before moving any weight. Here’s what you need to know.
“It helps with hip mobility and promotes spinal extension,” Saladino explains.
“It stretches out your hips, and the upright position helps reinforce proper posture,” Saladino says.
Form Tip: Lean into your lead leg. The farther you go, the deeper the stretch. Be sure to keep your back flat.