A Review of The Unlock Your Hip Flexors Program Developed by Mike Westerdal and Rick Kaselj.
Unlock Your Hip Flexors is a very unique program. Usually other programs just talk about how to exercise and train to lose weight or get in shape, Rick guides you through the process with examples and teaches you about the benefits of loosening the hip flexor muscles or psoas (so az) which can lead to belly fat loss, having more energy, better sexual performance, relief from joint pain and poor posture.
I heard about this program in an email, so being curious I did some research and found hundreds of positive reviews online and not just on the official website. A lot of people talked about how it helped to eliminate their back and joint pain, lose belly fat, have more energy and even enhance their sexual health.
Mike Westerdal and Rick Kaselj got together to create this unique program, both are fitness and muscle building professionals. They claim that with only 15 minutes of daily training you can enjoy better health and can get rid of several common health problems that seniors face each day.
About the Creator Rick Kaselj
Rick Kaselj, M.S. (Exercise Science), B.Sc. (Kinesiology), PK, CPT, CEP, CES
Rick Kaselj specializes in exercise rehabilitation and fitness. He works in one-on-one and group rehabilitation settings, educating and training people who have been injured at work, in car accidents, and during sport activities.
Rick has combined his rehabilitation experience and passion for research to develop a variety of courses and presentations for fitness professionals, Kinesiologists, and healthcare providers. Rick has given over 302 presentations to 5897 fitness professionals across Canada and USA. These courses include:
- Core stability of the shoulder
- Exercise rehabilitation for the shoulder, lower back, hip, or knee
- Foam roller essentials
- Intro and advanced core stability
- Intro and advanced stability ball exercises
- Postural assessment and exercise prescription
- Injury-free running
- Save your shoulders
- Training for better golf
Rick strives to balance his work life with his personal fitness endeavours and travel. He has trained for and competed in the Manitoba Marathon, the 225 km Ironman Canada Triathlon, and the 160 km Sea2Summit Adventure Race in Whistler, BC.
He has hiked 4,300 km along the Pacific Crest Trailfrom Mexico to Canada and mountain biked the 5,000 km Great Divide Mountain Bike Route over the Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada. An avid traveler, Rick has toured three continents and visited 17 countries.
In 1997 he graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. Rick recently completed his Masters of Science degree focusing on corrective exercise and therapeutic exercise for the rotator cuff. Rick currently works as a lecturer, Kinesiologist, personal trainer, writer of exercise rehabilitation and exercise rehabilitation specialist in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
But, what exactly are hip flexors?
Your hips are the bridge between your upper body and lower body. They are at the center of your body’s movement.
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.
When it functions well, it has the power to…
… help you achieve peak performance day after day after day.
… rapidly drop ugly body fat that stubbornly clings to your body.
… train harder, heavier and gain strength faster than you thought possible.
… hit your peak of sexual health.
… flood your mind and body with renewed energy and vigor.
Put simply, this muscle is the core of activity in your body. So, when it’s out of balance or if the psoas tightens, there are serious consequences which flow throughout the body.
I really didn’t know a lot about hip flexors or psoas, or why tight flexor muscles could be so bad.
All I knew was that I was in pain, my hips, back and knees were hurting when I walked or if I was sitting for long periods of time, which I do a lot because of my job. Well I purchased the program, it’s a digital down load eBook and DVD’s. As you can see here.
Why are tight hip flexors so bad?
Serious postural problems can result from a tight psoas: When you stand, it pulls the low back vertebrae forward and down toward the femur, often resulting in lordosis (overarching of the lumbar spine), which is a common cause of low back pain and stiffness; it can also contribute to arthritis in the lumbar facet joints.
If these muscles are tight, every activity you attempt is harder and more exhausting. It can also results in several common health problems that you would not think could be caused by these muscles.
- Nagging Joint Pain
- Bad Posture
- Trouble Sleeping
- High Anxiety
- Digestive Problems
- Weakened Immune System
- Circulatory Issues
- Loss of Sexual-Performance
- Lack of Explosiveness in the Gym
Most people would never associate the fact that these problems could come from the tight hip flexors. I think there are many people suffering from these symptoms and don’t know the cause.
What kind of exercises should we do to loosen up these muscles?
The Unlock Your Hip Flexors guide gives you all the information you need to treat those the right way. You will learn the most efficient exercises and other tips to keep these muscles loose.
I have an example video here.
Hip Mobility & Flexibility Exercises for Athletes
This is what I think about this program?
Here are the pros and cons as I see them.
You can easily train at home or even if you have a short break at your work. It only 10-15 minutes daily.
Reasonably priced, but the information is a well-written PDF and easy to follow DVD. It has been proven to give good results for a lot of people.
It is suitable for any fitness level. No matter if you are an absolute beginner or a pro athlete. You will learn proven technique to be more flexible and to get rid of your muscle and joint stiffness. Your will also build your core strength.
I would especially recommend it for those who suffer from lower back or neck pain that is mainly caused by tight psoas muscles. If you do these exercises daily, your problems will slowly disappear.
Written by trusted fitness experts who have excellent credentials in their field. They know what they are talking about.
This program also comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, so if you don’t like it you can get a refund.
It is a digital product, so you need a computer or another device to download the PDF and follow the instructions and a DVD player to play the videos.
There are a lot of up sales that are promoted after purchasing it, that is pretty annoying. Anyway, the book and DVD without extras is enough to buy since it contains all the info you will need.
It takes time to unlock your tight flexors and get flexible so for those who do not want to “work” for the results this program is not for you. You should spend the short period of time just (10 -15) minutes each day for exercising. You should start to feel the difference within 3 weeks. Determination and consistency are crucial if you want to get results.
This guide will help you no matter if you live a sedentary lifestyle or you work out like an athlete.
Staying flexible is essential and flexible muscles lead to better performance and decreased risk of injuries. People who work out regularly usually forget about the importance of stretching, but you should make sure you stretch those muscles.
10-15 minutes of daily flexibility exercises you can get great health benefits and help you enjoy better mobility no matter which group you’re in. You have nothing to lose if you buy and try these unique techniques since you can get a refund. I’m sure glad I tried it I am more flexible and have less pain.
Please feel free to comment below if you have questions or if you what to share your experience.