Saturday, March 6, 2010

Groin strength


I’ve been getting a little bit of groin pain lately and, again in another instance of synchronicity, this morning I logged into the Men’s Health - UK website and found a great-looking groin-strength stretch workout.

My rider is that I haven’t tried this as of yet, but I will be giving it a try next week after my runs and gym sessions.


Prehab: Wall squat
Stand as shown, feet 25cm from the wall. Hold the ball between your knees. Lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold for 3 seconds then rise. Perform 3 sets of 12 reps 1-2 times a week. "This uses the adductors, which help stabilise your entire groin," says Alex Manos, a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine (


Rehab: Seated leg
You'll look like a statue but your muscles will be working like a quarry mason's. Sit as shown with a medicine ball, or your girlfriend's glutes, between your ankles. Squeeze your ankles together for 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat this daily as often as you can.


Post-workout: Seated groin stretch
Be careful who you're facing with this one. Sit up straight, press your soles together and hold for 30 seconds. "This stretches your adductor muscles and will develop flexibility," says Manos. So even if you end up doing the splits, the only thing you'll tear is your shorts.

Cut n’ paste from Mens Health website

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