Do your body a favor and look up voodoo bands. These things are MAGIC!
I was introduced to them by some fellow trainers after I had ran a long 16 miler. My hips get SO achy and tight, I’m sure I look in pain from an outsider’s point of view. I ran and had to immediately get in the car so sitting down instantly shortened my hip flexors for an extended period of time. When I waddled into the gym, one of the trainers wrapped this band around my hips, had me do some squats and stretches with it on for a few mintues and VIOLA! I went from a 9 on the pain scale being super uncomfortable and feeling like I needed to foam roll for a good 20 minutes to virtually feeling like I had just performed an entire dynamic warm up. It only took 2 minutes of the band being on each hip and I was healed. see, MAGIC! Here is the link to my new favorite stretching and maintenance routine! http://www.roguefitness.com/voodoo-floss-bands.php
Another thing I am learning about is “flossing” as a stretching mechanism. It essentially hits the stiffness in the joints and inreases the sliding surfaces in your tissues! Watch the videos on the this technique and tell me you don’t feel better after trying this! it’s amazing!
I also used the voodoo band one day when we were doing front squats. I was trying to push my knees OUT to get lower with my chest staying tall and all that jazz associated with a real squat and I could feel a pinge or tightness in my right knee. one minute of the band above my knee and some dynamic squats later, I could get lower in the squat painfree and I felt more stable. MAAAAGIC!!! well atleast I believe in it, so check it out!