Enhancing Skills

Standing Hamstring

Talk to your doctor.  Caution and common sense should be used...as these are my experiences, and my unique situations.  They may work for you or they may not.  You may have different results.  Please read our disclaimer.

Type:

Stretch

Equipment:

N/A

The standing hamstring stretch is a simple stretch that targets the hamstring muscles at the back of the thigh.

Proper form:

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  2. Place one foot in front of the other, with the toes of the front foot pointing up.
  3. Keeping your back straight, hinge forward at the hips, reaching your hands towards the toes of the front foot.
  4. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, feeling the stretch in the back of your thigh.
  5. Repeat on the other side.

How to reduce difficulty: If you find the stretch too challenging, you can bend your front knee slightly to decrease the stretch.

How to increase difficulty: To increase the difficulty of the stretch, you can place your front foot on a step or raised surface, or hold a light weight in your hands.

Number of reps: Since this is a static stretch, there are no reps to perform.

Estimated time for exercise: 1-2 minutes

Body Group:

Legs

Muscle Group(s):

Hamstring

Muscles used:

Primary:

Hamstrings

Secondary:

None

Tertiary:

None

Difficulty:

Beginner

Talk to your doctor.  Caution and common sense should be used...as these are my experiences, and my unique situations.  They may work for you or they may not.  You may have different results.  Please read our disclaimer.


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