Today I’m sharing a series of exercises from the 90/90 position, each of which we’ve covered in the past. As a whole, this series of exercises is designed to activate, create neural drive (aka strength), and enhanced range of motion/mobility for your hips. The goal is for you to have a tangible game plan you can use to get your hips ready for a training session.
Rationale of 90/90 Pre-Training
The main idea is to focus on positions and exercises that create “neural drive” pre-training. As always, we will start with the passive 90/90 to acquaint the body with the position. But then we will progress to movements that are more intense.
For this creates that mind-muscle connection that displays strength in that range of motion. It also really wakes the tissue up and allows for that “motor control” with these ranges of motion that we seek.
I will cover each exercise in order below and give you recommended sets and reps for a 5- to 10-minute hip warmup.
Basic 90/90 Set-Up
First off we must literally keep a 90-degree angle between the calf and hamstring of both legs
Next, our back shin must be parallel to our front thigh and our back thigh parallel to our front shin
This is the classic “90/90”
Before doing any end range isometrics or movements we recline back to allow a passive stretch to open and begin communicating to the tissue
90 90 Lift Offs
Perform 5 lift offs for 5 to 10 seconds each w/ 10 second break between each rep
Perform each side
90 90 Pails and Rails
Perform 5 second contraction pushing down into blog
Perform 5 second lift off of the block
Repeat this 3 to 5 times before switching sides
90 90 Hover
Perform 3 hovers each side
Focus on being slow and controlled
Remember this is the time we’re seeking to create neural drive. This requires the mindset of being strong. At this point, since our body is not yet warm, we’re using intense contraction to wake up the body and nervous system.
Mobillity Training in Action
As you’re adding in these hip mobility exercises to your routine, just add this to some of the hip mobility exercises I’ve covered in the past.
You’ll find some exercises you like more than most, and others that may hurt so “good.” More than anything, putting effort into this style of training will help with your longevity, injury prevention, and performance on the mats!