How to Stretch Your Hamstrings in an Open Doorway

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If you have an open doorway, you have all the exercise equipment you need to stretch your hamstrings, but first take care to keep your knees straight and avoid pointing the toes downward. a professional trainer demonstrates in this free video on personal fitness tips.

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Hi, I'm Billy Beck III from Billy Beck III Personal Training Center in Weston South Florida. In this video, I'm going to show you how to stretch your hamstring in an open doorway. Now any time you stretch your hamstring there's a couple principles that you've got to apply. The hamstring if you don't know attaches underneath the calf muscles in the lower leg and then up underneath the hip muscles or glut muscles over across the hip joint so it's important that we do a couple things. The first thing is the knee has to be straight. So, let me show you what I mean. The knee's got to be straight and then we're going to take, we're going to make sure that the toe is not pointed down. So we're going to bring the toe back. So all I'm going to do in this specific stretch is bring the toe back against the frame of the door, lock the knee and now a lot of people will do this. They'll round their back. Now this is going to stretch the muscle of the lower back. Our goal in this movement is to stretch the hamstrings. So, we're going to keep the chest high and then lean forward. And for me, this is a good hamstring stretch. I'm going to feel it in my calf some of course but remember, hamstring attaches underneath the cap so we're getting both of those muscles, leaning forward. Common mistake is the balancing. If you want to get injured, great thing to do. If you want to be safe, you want to get results, take a deep breath, control the movement and then come back. There's many different ways of stretching, that's just one, safe and effective. I'm Billy Beck III and this has been how to stretch your hamstring in an open doorway.


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