Advanced Hamstring Stretches

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Advanced hamstring stretches aren't nearly as difficult to pull off as you might assume. Find out about advanced hamstring stretches with help from a trainer and fitness expert in this free video clip.

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Hey, guys! It’s Cari Shoemate, and I’m here to demo two advance hamstring stretches. Now, hamstring stretches are really important to do every week. Just make sure that you’re warmed up first. So, you never want to just stretch cold muscles. So, do these stretches after your workout or after you go for a run. I like to do them almost every time after I run. I’m a marathon runner, and it’s really important for me not to have those tight hamstrings. If you have tight hamstrings, you’re more likely to get injured. And also, your range of motion just isn’t as good. So, here are two moves that are a little bit more advanced. The first one I’m going to show you is just a standing hamstring stretch. So, what you’re going to do is you’re going to put one heel out in front, you’re going to keep a really straight spine, abs are tight, you’re going to bend the opposite leg, and hinge back at the hips. So, this is stretching this leg, this hamstring right here. Now, if you’re not feeling it, it’s probably because you’re rounding your back or you’re not hinging enough at the hip. So, really stick your hips back, almost like you’re doing a squat. And then, you’re going to repeat on the other side. Again, heel comes out in front, toes lifted, hinge back at the hips, and you’re going to hold it for about 30 to 60 seconds on each side, and then repeat if you want to. Another one of my favorites is a dynamic stretch. Dynamic stretches are great because they’re not only stretching out your muscles, but they’re also really warming up your body as well. So, the hamstring dynamic stretch looks like this. You’re basically going to bring one leg out in front, reach with that same hand, reach your toe, and then switch. You can do these in place, or you can even do walking dynamic stretches. So, go walk around the room, walk around at the gym, and do your stretches. Make sure you don’t lift your leg too high, especially if you’re not very flexible. You don’t have to lift it very high, you can keep it low, and make sure you’re not rounding the back. Again, keep your back nice and straight on any of these hamstring stretches that you do. I’m Cari Shoemate, and I’ll see you next time.


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