CRAC PNF Technique to Improve Hip, Knee AND Ankle Mobility

The "Triple Flexion" Technique

By Eric Wong

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Hey, hey PM followers.

Before we get to the video, we’ve got to understand some terminology used in the title of this post.

First off, CRAC stands for “contract relax antagonist contract”, which I always found cumbersome, so those who have the Hip Flexibility Solution program  know it as DCR, which stands for “Dual-Contract Relax”.

Either way, the technique involves getting to end range in a stretch then going through cycles of contract/relax with both the muscles being lengthened (agonist) AND those at their shortened range (antagonist).

Building strength at end range is a critical element to gaining flexibility and mobility and more importantly – KEEPING the gains you make.

Next up, PNF stands for “proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation”.

PNF is often misunderstood as consisting of just contract-relax stretching, but PNF includes many other methods such as rhythmic stabilization and slow reversals – other great techniques for improving function and movement.

Now that you understand those acronyms, let’s talk about the technique we’re going to go through today…

I call this technique “Triple Flexion” because it’s basically the opposite of the movement pattern known as “triple extension”, which is when you basically jump and extend ankles, knees and hips in the Olympic lifts.

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However, unlike Olympic weightlifters, we’re using the technique to improve mobility, not power, specifically for greater hip flexion, knee flexion, and ankle dorsiflexion.

Your program is one of the best programs I have ever used to improve my athleticism. My hips are looser than they have ever been, my core is getting a lot stronger and more flexible, and the level of pain in my hips and knees has almost totally diminished. I am expecting the level of pain to be gone completely by the end of the program.

Michael F.

Check out the Hip Flexibility Solution here.

So if you need any gains in mobility in these areas or you want to improve squat/lunge mobility, you’ll love this move.

CRAC PNF Technique: The “Triple Flexion” Technique

1 cycle of the technique is:

  • Get into the deep stretch
  • Push up for 5 sec, activating extensors (breathe)
  • Relax for 5 sec (breathe MORE)
  • Pull down for 5 sec, activating flexors
  • Relax for 5 sec

Do 1-2 cycles per side and you’re good to go.

About the Author

Eric is the founder of and has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. He's been a coach since 2005 and spent many years focused on training combat athletes including multiple UFC fighters and professional boxers and now dedicates his energy to helping people eliminate pain and flexibility and movement restrictions. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter and he drinks black coffee and bitter IPAs. Click here to learn more about Eric.