Can you touch your toes? Struggling to tie your shoelaces? Or maybe tight when performing a deadlift? Tight hamstrings are common with many gym goers and can be an underestimated muscle to stretch. Tight hamstrings can lead to lower back issues, postural issues amongst other things, so it should be a key component with any training program.
Here are 3 simple movements to stretch out your hamstrings.
Number 1 – ‘’Inchworm’’
Standing with feet shoulder width apart, knees locked, we slowly lever forward reaching for your toes, now lean forward and touch the ground keeping knees locked inching forward moving into a plank position, then reversing the movement back to the upright position.
Number 2 – ‘’stand and reach’’
Standing with feet shoulder width apart, knees locked, feet planted on the ground, we slowly lever forward reaching for your toes. If you cant reach your toes, just slowly progress each time you reach moving deeper into the stretch, increasing range of motion.
Number 3 – ‘’grab and stand”
Starting from the bottom squat position, grab your toes, we then drive up as if we were coming out of a squat, locking out our knees and stretching out our hamstrings. If you cannot straighten out your knees repeat the movement getting straighter each rep.
Don’t underestimate the value of a good hamstring stretch for any lower body work, spend 3-5 minutes every session doing the above and it will only help you hit your peak performance!
H ‘the hamstring’, Alex ‘the stretch master’ Stevenson.
Are you tight in your hamstrings? If you haven’t stretched them then i can guarantee that they are and they could be leading to back issues too. If that is the case then click below to register for your free trial at RBT and we can take you through this one on one