Standing Hamstring Stretch

Standing Hamstring Stretch


This exercise involves standing with one leg extended in front of the body and the other leg slightly bent. The individual then leans forward, keeping the back straight, until they feel a stretch in the hamstring of the extended leg. This stretch can be held for a few seconds before switching legs.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Standing Hamstring Stretch Instructions

  1. Stand up straight with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Extend your right leg forward, keeping your toes pointed up.
  3. Place your hands on your hips and keep your back straight.
  4. Slowly bend forward from your hips, keeping your back straight and your head up.
  5. Stop when you feel a stretch in the back of your right leg.
  6. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds.
  7. Slowly return to the starting position.
  8. Repeat on the other leg.

Standing Hamstring Stretch Form & Visual

Standing Hamstring Stretch

Standing Hamstring Stretch Benefits

  • Improves flexibility in the hamstrings
  • Reduces risk of injury in the lower back and legs
  • Increases blood flow to the legs
  • Helps to alleviate lower back pain
  • Can be done anywhere without equipment

Standing Hamstring Stretch Muscles Worked

  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes
  • Lower back

Standing Hamstring Stretch Variations & Alternatives