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3 Underrated Exercises

Those who sit for the majority of their workday likely experience tight hip flexors and calves. Hip flexors are in a shortened position while seated. Calves are shortened and unused while seated. When this cycle is repeated for +/-40 hours per week, you can really feel the effects over time. Often the first thing you think of is to stretch whatever is tight, right? Which in part, is true, you do want to stretch and mobilize. But you also want to strengthen so the muscle learns how to behave in more of a strong and effective way, and less of a weak and constantly-having-to-stretch way. Strength meets mobility. Hello full ROM training. Whether you have big adventure goals on the trails or train for general health, strengthening your hip flexors, calves, and adductors can enhance your experience greatly. View the video below to address each of these areas.

Disclaimer: these exercises may not be in your current program for a multitude of reasons. It could be because we have you on a 1-2x/week schedule, which means we're likely focusing on the big picture moves, not the smaller ones. It could be because you're not having troubles with these areas, or that there are more important issues to address first. It could be because you're still learning how to perform other exercises. You're not missing out or not doing enough by excluding these exercises.


Katharine Moustakes
Hey, friend!

I'm Katharine.

I'm a personal trainer, running coaching, and nutrition coach who's stoked about lifting, the outdoors, summit snacks, and my dog.


I understand that fitness is not your whole life. Fitness is a PART of your life. I approach training in a way that adds value to your life and longevity, so you can enjoy being active whether you're romping around in the mountains, playing with your kids, or signing up for your first 10K race.

I'm here to meet you where you are, so you can train safely and effectively, and gain strength and confidence both in the gym and on the trails.

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