Straight Leg Deadlifts and lack of Hamstring flexibility
I recently started doing straight leg deadlifts and didn't realize how much of an impact my lack of flexibility would have. I can't touch my toes (I get maybe halfway down my shin) and when I do SLDLs the bar gets to about my knees and then I can't go any further!
Is the only way to get over this lots of stretching and lots of work with the SLDLs? Or should I be doing some other excercise?
I'm the same.
I warm up with stretching and every time I try to go a little further. My flexibility is improving little by little.
The best stretching system IMO is from Tomas Kurz: http://www.stretching.info
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You don't have to touch the ground or anywhere close to maximize hamstring involvement. It depends on flexibility, which will gradually improve.
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Glad to hear I should just do them and I'll get better at them!
Should I pause at the bottom of the movement to help stretch my hamstrings? It says on exrx that it is bad to stop at the end of the movement, but I would imagine it helps to stretch them out.
I wouldn't want to stop at the bottom with heavy weight, maybe with light weight. I'd focus more on stretching them out. What about before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning?