The #1 Muscle That Helps You Lose Fat, Eliminate Back Pain, Achieve Peak Sexual Performance, and Unleash Your Inner Athlete
by Sasha Lizaveta
You see, one of the most important parts of your body is your hips. They are the bridge between your upper and lower body. They are at the center of your body’s movement.
Your hips control balance and your ability to sit, stand, twist, reach, bend, walk and step. Almost everything that you do goes through your hips.
Sitting within the well of your hip and lower spine is the psoas major muscle, one of the two muscles that makes up the iliopsoas.
It’s often called the “mighty” psoas (pronounced so-az) for the many important functions it plays in the movement of your body.
The psoas is the only muscle in the human body connecting the upper body to the lower body.
The muscle attaches to the vertebrae of the lower spine, moves through the pelvis and connects to a tendon at the top of the femur. It also attaches to the diaphragm, so it’s connected to your breathing, and upon it sits all the major organs.
A functioning psoas muscle creates a neutral pelvic alignment, stabilizes the hips, supports the lower spine and abdomen, supports the organs in the pelvic and abdominal cavity and gives you greater mobility and core strength.
Put simply, this muscle is the core of activity in your body.
However, when it’s out of balance or if the psoas tightens, there are serious consequences which flow throughout the body.
Tight Hip Flexors Kick Your Body into Fat Storing Mode
Because of the prevalence of sedentary lifestyle, most people sit too much today.
Sitting may be the most harmless activity known to humankind, but it’s also one of the biggest dangers to your health. Sitting too much can make your psoas or hip flexors tight.
Even if you’re the most active of athletes, you may still suffer from tight hip flexors due to the amount of time you spend each day planted to a chair.
If you have tight hip flexors, you may be kicking your body into fat storing mode and it has nothing to do with inactivity.
You know, as the body’s “fight or flight” muscle, your psoas (hip flexors) is deeply connected to our natural survival instinct. It instantly tightens in moments of danger to either protect you (in a fetal position) or help you run, fueled by the release of adrenaline.
However, if your psoas (hip flexors) is constantly tight from sitting too much, it signals to the body you are in constant danger, leading to overworking of the adrenal gland.
When this happens, your immune system suffers and your body automatically switches into fat storing mode in anticipation of danger. Can’t shift that weight? Blame those tight hip flexors known as your “survival muscle”.
Tight Hip Flexors Cause Bulging Belly Syndrome
Not only could tight hip flexors switch your body into fat storing mode, it can also make you look fat even if you’re not!
It’s called Bulging Belly Syndrome.
Wonder why your stomach still sticks out even though you’re hammering the core exercises every day? It’s a common myth that bulging belly is due to weak abdominal muscles.
The real cause is likely to be tight hip flexors (from sitting too much), which cause the lower back to curve pushing out the stomach. When your hip flexors also known as the psoas works properly it pulls the abdomen back tucking the tummy in, giving you a strong flat stomach.
That’s why some people can look fat with a bulging stomach even if they’re not fat.
If you sit a lot (which causes tight hip flexors) and have a belly you want to get rid of, forget about dieting. Instead, you need to overcome your tight hip flexors.
Tight Hips are Bad for Your Back and Sexual Performance
Now, tight hip flexors could also cause back pain and even disrupt sexual-function.
One of the most significant things about the psoas or hip flexors muscle is that it connects the legs to the spine, which means that what you do with your legs could possibly affect your spine without you thinking about it, or even feeling it.
With a tight psoas your hips will become fixed in a forward thrust position causing your pelvis and leg(s) to rotate. This forward tilt will cause your hip socket to become compressed leading to pulling and shifting of joints, tendons, and muscles pulling on your lower back.
This pulling on the lower back will decrease blood flow and circulation as well as delayed nerve response to the hips.
If you can’t see how tight hips can affect your sex life, please read that again.
If you thought that was bad enough, let’s look at the emotional side of this issue, as this might be more important than our physical performance in the bedroom. Our emotions have a lot to say about the current state of our sex life. Ask anyone if emotions and feelings have a role in their sexual desire.
If your psoas is constantly tight and overworked, the body is faced with permanent roadblocks of emotional and physical stress which forces the brain to continue to send warning signals to all of the systems of the body, including the reproductive system.
These signals trigger responses within the body that will cause an overexertion of the adrenal glands and will weaken the body’s natural immune response to stress.
Stress and sex do not go together.
Remember, the hips are the primary movers in sex and it’s somewhat common sense that we want our hips to be loose and flexible in order to achieve great dynamic sex.
So what does this mean for your sex-life? If you sit all day and aren’t doing the appropriate work needed to fix your hips, you can be sure you are not tapping into your peak sexual-health.
Unlock Your Hip Flexors to Unleash Your Inner Athlete
You may not be an athlete, but don’t you want to unleash your inner athlete potential?
Regardless of the sport, athletes want to perform at their best every single time they take the field, the court or the ice. In order to do that, they must have healthy, strong and mobile hips: Hips that function without pain, tightness or lack of mobility.
A balance in strength exists through the hip flexors, the iliopsoas group and gluteus group which helps keep the body moving and performing at its absolute best.
The ‘power zone’ lies at the center of the human body. Sure, the arms and legs are super important for any person or athlete, but the source of true power resides within the hips.
Athletes from all backgrounds across the world spend a great deal of time working on the balance of strength within their hip area. They stretch, strengthen, massage, or anything else that will help them improve hip function.
That’s why in athletes, the messaging that goes from the lower body to the upper body and back again has less roadblocks, less stress and the signals are stronger.
When stronger signals are passing from head to toe in an athlete, their power production is improved dramatically. And when you increase power, you achieve peak performance health.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many people. For them, sitting is a large part of their lives and the center of the body is restricted and stressed out. The good news is you could release your inner athlete by lengthening your hip flexors and undo all of that damage from sitting so much over the years.
Well, that’s all for now. Please leave a comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!