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Are your hip flexors REALLY overactive? With Kathryn Bruni-Young and Raphael Bender

What even are overactive hip flexors? And are they real? And why do we hear so much about overactive (and under active) muscles in Pilates?

And what to do about it?

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About Raphael Bender:

Raph believes everyone deserves the opportunity to transform into a better version of themselves. His main strength as a teacher and movement professional is the ability to distill complex research findings into a simple, science-based approach to help people move fearlessly, thoughtlessly, and painlessly. He LOVES running, weights, cycling, and Contrology.

Raph holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation), a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy, and STOTT PILATES full certification.

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Purchase Raph’s books:

  • Strengthen The Person Not Just The Body Part here
  • How to make $100k a year teaching Pilates here
About Kathryn Bruni-Young:

Kathryn Bruni-Young is the founder of Mindful Strength, an international teacher and trainer and the host of the Mindful Strength Podcast. Kathryn started teaching yoga at age 17 and after a few injuries became interested in building strength. Through various certifications and mentoring with her coach Kathryn became a competitive powerlifter and started finding ways to add strength to her classes. Fast forward nearly a decade later, she now runs a small gym, has taught workshops in over 10 countries, and runs an online exercise company called Mindful Strength coaching people of all ages on how to lift weights. More recently Kathryn has completed a year long pain science mentorship with Neil Pearson, and has an ongoing interest in helping people with various levels of ability and persistent pain develop strength.

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