I’m want to share with you 3 stretches that have dramatically increased my hip and hamstring flexibility.
But before I get into that I want to share two flexibility concepts that have helped develop my flexibility consistently.
The first concept is let your body tell you how long you should hold a stretch for.
Instead of forcing a stretch for a specific amount of time, let your body relax into a position and every time you relax increase the stretch further. Keep doing this until your at the maximum range of movement. I found this has greatly improved my flexibility and it far less damaging to my body.
The second concept is even simpler; stretch whenever and wherever you can. I know the importance of flexibility and training but I find the idea spending an hour just stretching mind-numbingly boring.
So when I tried to stretch like this I would keep putting it off. I no longer try to do this.
Instead, I spend a few minutes stretching and mobilise before and after classes and I stretch whenever and wherever I can. For example, if I’m watching TV I stretch or if I’m writing an email like this I stretch (yes, I’m stretching as I write this).
Try to stretch pretty much any time you can. It may only be for a few minutes at a time but over the course of a day that all adds up and this will allow you to continually improve your flexibility.
Now for my favourite hip and hamstring stretches. I learnt these from Rob at Elite Flexibility.
In fact, the first time he showed me the hamstring stretch I instantly felt the benefit. My back and hamstrings kind of sighed in relief. Check out the video below to learn these three simple stretches.
Try these stretches and tactics out for the next 30 days and see how they help you.
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