This exercise involves stretching the muscles at the back of the thigh, known as the hamstrings. It can be done by sitting on the floor with legs straight out in front and reaching towards the toes, or by lying on the back and using a strap or towel to gently pull the leg towards the chest. The goal is to increase flexibility and prevent injury in the lower body.
Hamstring Stretch Instructions
- Start by sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you.
- Bend your right knee and place the sole of your right foot against your left inner thigh.
- Reach forward with both hands and try to touch your left foot.
- Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, feeling the stretch in the back of your left leg.
- Repeat on the other side by switching the position of your legs.
Hamstring Stretch Form & Visual
Hamstring Stretch Benefits
- Increases flexibility and range of motion in the hamstrings
- Reduces risk of injury in the hamstrings and lower back
- Improves posture and alignment of the pelvis and spine
- Relieves tension and tightness in the hamstrings
- May help alleviate lower back pain
Hamstring Stretch Muscles Worked
- Biceps femoris
Hamstring Stretch Variations & Alternatives
- Standing Hamstring Stretch
- Seated Hamstring Stretch
- Lying Hamstring Stretch
- Partner Hamstring Stretch
- Dynamic Hamstring Stretch