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Matt Edwards 08-05-2010 08:31 AM

Hamstring flexibility
Whenever I try to stretch out my hamstrings, I only feel a stretch behind my knee and in my soleus, never really in the hamstring region. But, whenever I do any lower limb stretches, I barely feel anything at all. Has anyone else had an issue like this, or know how to "fix" it? Thanks in advanced.

Nicholas Wyss 08-05-2010 07:37 PM

For me, I feel the stretch more behind my knee when I have my knee fully extended. When I slightly bend my knee and increase the stretch through my hip joint, I feel the stretch more in the muscle belly of the hamstrings.

Jeff Yan 08-07-2010 12:22 AM

If I properly recall in Pavel's Relax into Stretch, that stretch feeling behind your knee is the ligament stretching, which is not a good idea. As Nicholas suggests, bend your knee until you feel the stretch more in the middle meaty part of your hamstring.

Derek Weaver 08-10-2010 01:17 PM

Good advice so far. Are you stretching on the ground, standing with a leg propped up on something, touching your toes?

Try the good morning stretch, and also look up 3d stretching.

Matt Edwards 08-10-2010 02:22 PM

Usually I've been trying any form of hamstring stretching to try and feel something. I've tried the slightly bent legs thing before and it never seemed to fix anything, just get rid of the ligament stretch. But, it worked wonders for the good morning stretch which I must have skipped over trying in the past for some reason. Just 3 days in and I can get my torso to parallel with the ground; quick improvement. Thanks.

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