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Old 01-10-2014, 06:16 AM   #1
Daniel Hand
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Default Hamstring flexibilty

I have very poor hamstring flexibilty and have been trying to improve it using the stretchs in Greg Everetts book.

Im not sure If I'm hitting them too hard but they affected by last training session. I felt twinges during extension and my lower hamstrings felt destroyed the day after.

I had been doing the stretches every evening after a hot bath before going to bed. I'm not sure if its just me adapting to the mobilty regime or if I should scale back the streching to every training day after training (4 days per week)?

Also I'm curious as to why my squat is apparently unaffected by the tight hamstrings? I can maintain a tight back to full depth and can perform a squat jerk with good form.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:01 AM   #2
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As I age, my success is not great with improving my own hamstring mobility, so I obviously don't have any silver bullets, but I can offer some observations from my own experience, and you can decide if any of this applies to you.

If I do static mobility work without a heavy dose of dynamic mobility work first (ideally a full workout), I'm wasting my time. I get no gains from it and sometimes end-up with jacked-up hamstrings. This is apparently pretty common for aging desk jockeys.

I, too, have decent squat depth, even when things are so tight that I can't touch my shoelaces, let alone my toes. When I can barely touch my toes, I can cossack squat ATG. Some people's hips just don't bend forward great, but turn the legs out and things can open up nicely. YMMV. Regardless, if your range of motion works for what you want to do (e.g., oly lifting), don't wreck your hamstrings getting better at something that you might not care about (e.g., yoga).
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