Assisted Hamstring Stretch

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The assisted hamstring stretch utilizes the exercise band and allows you to stretch out the back of your leg on your own. This stretch can be performed by any fitness level.

MUSCLES ENGAGED


Picture of Hamstrings

Hamstrings

The hamstrings play a crucial role in many daily activities, such as, running, jumping, walking and cycling. Strengthening your hamstring muscles help to protect your knees from injury by absorbing the stress placed on the knee. Weak hamstrings can lead to knee injury.

Picture of Shoulders

Shoulders

The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.

Equipment Used


Picture of Exercise Band

Exercise Band

The exercise band is used in resistance training. The bands comes in a variety of colours depending on the amount of tension they offer. The exercise bands give constant resistance throughout the entire range of motion during an exercise and cause less stress on the joints.

Exercise Instructions


assisted hamstring stretch - step 1

Step 1

Start on your back with the exercise band wrapped around the bottom of one of your feet.

assisted hamstring stretch - step 2

Step 2

Pull your leg straight up holding a very slight bend in your knee.

assisted hamstring stretch - step 3

Step 3

Pull until you feel a gentle stretch in your hamstrings and hold for 15-20 seconds.