I often here people surrendering to the fact they can’t touch their toes.
I often here people surrendering to the fact they can’t touch their toes…that no matter how much they stretch their hamstrings they never improve. Stretching your hamstrings is only part of the picture in improving hip flexion mobility. This exercise works by activating the anterior muscles that pull us into hip flexion. By creating strength in the front, the tension in the hamstrings release. For this exercise you need to lean as far forward as you can…if your hamstrings are really tight you can sit in a yoga box or step. Lean into your hamstring stretch and place your hands flat on the ground as far forward as you can. Keep your knees locked and toes pointed. Then lift one leg at a time…10 reps followed by a 10 second hold is a good start. Warning…this exercise has a tendency to cause cramps…don’t worry…cramps are a common part of mobility training…just shake them out and start again!