Tight hammies? You’re not alone. You may put a lot of time and effort into building up your legs, but unless you take the time to stretch them out properly, tight hamstrings can create problems in your body regardless of strength.
“Tight hamstrings can cause further back issues or even tear if they’re not addressed. These areas of the body can be improved with consistent training and mobility work to increase strength and flexibility in these areas,” says White. He suggests two stretches to help alleviate the tightness. For the first, “Stand with your feet next to each other. Move one foot forward slightly and lift the toes up. Place your hands on the leg with the toes lifted and position it on the thigh to brace yourself. Slowly bend and lean your body forward over your legs till you feel a stretch in your hamstrings,” he instructs. For the second, “Stand with feet together. Place your hands on the back of your head with your elbows stretched outwards. Bend in half at the hips down to a 90° angle and then back up,” says White. You can also strengthen your hammies with these three exercises.Back to top