The Issue: Tight Hamstrings
This is one of the most common muscle imbalances among men, according to trainer and corrective exercise specialist Elizabeth Pongo, owner of Pongo Power in Brooklyn, New York. “Tight hamstrings pull on the pelvis, destabilizing it and causing lower back pain,” she says. If you sit for a prolonged period of time during the day, chances are these muscles are tight. A good way to assess is to note if you have any aches, pains or cramps in the backs of your legs.
The best way to loosen up your backside is to stretch your hamstrings throughout the day – in between meetings, waiting for the train, while you’re brushing your teeth, as you watch TV. Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, arms by sides. Extend right leg straight in front of you, heel on floor, toes flexed toward ceiling, and hinge forward from hips, keeping back flat. Lean as far forward as you comfortably can, holding for 20 to 60 seconds; release, switch sides and repeat.
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