Learn 8 stretches to open up your hips for the gentle art

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Extended Wide Squat. Source: Louisa Larson Photography

Extended Wide Squat. Source: Louisa Larson Photography

The most important part of a fighter’s body is his or her core. Strengthening your hips, abs, back and lower back is the best way to get in shape for Jiu-Jitsu. As a result of frequent training and physical preparation, your muscles tend to tighten up, making you stiffer in your practice sessions. Thus, while you want to build strength, you should also strive to become more flexible. In particular, opening up your hips will improve your technique and mobility on the mat.

Click here to learn 8 exercises from PopSugar Fitness to increase flexibility and loosen up tight hips.

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