I'm attending a class at my gym and we are doing a range of motion project concentrating on hamstring flexibility. Lay on your back and raise one leg in the air keeping the other leg flat on the floor. Make sure your raised leg is straight as possible. After a few seconds of stretching, is your raised leg 90 degrees or more from the ground? If so, you're considered to have good range of motion. If not, then a stretching program is recommended. I'm interested to find out how many people can actually do this? I couldn't...I suck!!
I can't either.. my hamstring and calve flexibility SUCKS.
My mum has genetically short hamstrings too, and I think I must get it off her.
just tested it out, mine was almost 90*. it usually is but my hams are expceptionally tight right now because of riding my road bike yesterday.
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A little below 90 as well...hamstrings are really tight this morning. Need to do some extra stretching!
I can. I can also do verticle split kicks, I'll try to get up a picture of it.
Show off! I do want to see a pic of that, though.Originally Posted by Risk10k
With a bit of a warm up I can touch my palms to the floor with legs locked out. I'll try the leg raising tests when I get home. It'd look too funny if someone saw me do this in the office.
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There is NO WAY I can do that!! After stretching more over the weekend, I improved tremendously. Hamstrings are loosening up more and more.
I do need to stretch more as well. My hamstrings are always tight!Originally Posted by HUOnyx
Stiff-legged deadlifts are the fastest way I'm aware of for stretching the hamstrings. Essentially, you are doing a toe touch with weight; not only are you stretching, but your hamstrings actually have to contract heavily in the stretched position. This produces a lot of flexibility.
For example, I can go months without doing any SLDL's, and as a result, I'll lose flexibility in my hamstrings. If I start performing them again, the flexibility returns within 2 - 3 workouts.
HUonyx, bending 90 degrees in the exercise you described becomes fairly easy, IMO, with regular performance of SLDLs.
Well, that's just because you aren't actually gaining flexibility from it. The added weight just REALLY loosens them up so to speak. Once you gain flexibility, you can go months without losing much of it.Originally Posted by bmanderson
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yeah...I guess we get so into the size and thickness with our efforts and by the time we are done...well by the time I'm done not even thinking about strectching.
What's the difference between "REALLY loosen[ing]" and flexibility Canadian Crippler? That makes very little sense to me, but, I could be wrong.
Aced it. A better test is locking your legs out then putting your palms flat on the floor, took me many months of stretching to get that!
Someone would have to sit on my back while reaching towards the floor in order for me to do that!!! LOLOriginally Posted by xMeat_Headx
I only have to warm into now, takes me about 50-70 seconds to get stretchy.Originally Posted by xMeat_Headx
I can do it. Ive got my gymnastic skilled body to partly thank for that lol.
I cant go too much beyond 90 degress tho. But i can hold it for a long time.
I think perhaps a better test would be when you stand up straight and with one leg (still straight) lift up as far as you can get it and hold it there.
See if you can hold it parallel to the floor. That is some hard **** right there! lol. I could only get like halfway. Super dificult.
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After a few weeks of stretching, I finally was able to get to 90 degrees. Still hurt like hell!!
Nice! Has your squat form improved?
Originally Posted by xMeat_Headx
Squat has improved alot as well. I can get much lower without jeopardizing my form.
After doing alot of SLDL's, Good Mornings (which I HATE) and a difficult stretching routine, I'm at 90 degrees. I had my trainer test it for me.
I can touch my palms to the floor with straight legs.