This is a great exercise AFTER YOU CLEAR THE SPINE!!
Don’t worry though, I will teach you how to do that in a self assessment video coming soon.
By the way make sure you sign up for more free self assessments and exercises on my website. Just click Self Assessment above.
Anyways, this one is called a single leg Romanian deadlift. One of my all time favs for both lengthening and strengthening the hammies.
Keys with this:
🔑 Start this one with no weight at all.
🔑 Make sure your lower back is in a neutral position. (More video on neutral spine, pelvis, etc to come)
🔑 Hinge at the hip on the stationary side.
🔑 Go slow!! 3-5 seconds down, 3-5 seconds up.
🔑 Any numbness/tingling/sciatic pain. Stop 🛑 because you need to reassess. Hit me up if you have any questions!
The biggest thing you have to do though is make sure your lower back isn't the culprit. If you have lower back pain already, there's a good change the "tightness" you feel is actually a symptom from your back. This "tightness" could also be the start/warning signs of sciatica.
Case in point, I had an athlete not too long ago that was seeing his athletic trainer who was ONLY stretching his hamstrings (I get these all the time). The trainer hadn't even done a spine assessment.
Poor guy couldn't bend over half way to his toes, much less touch them. But
it wasn't because of his hamstrings. It was actually his back. Because within 30 minutes by working on his lower back only, he was able to bend all the way down and touch his toes.
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