No pain, no gain! A phrase that is best left in the military ranks, not in the fitness world.
And when it comes to stretching, particularly a contract/relax variation like this hamstring stretch above, no pain actually achieves all the gains!
For this particular contract/relax hamstring stretch, a few pointers:
- You MUST achieve terminal knee extension for the full effect prior to relaxing and seeking more range of motion (excluding hyperextensive individuals, I will have something for you down the road!)
- Keep the stretching leg’s ankle flexed towards your body
- Allow the range to happen, don’t rush things and improvements will come!
Following a workout, this is my favorite way to solidify good mobility gained during the training session or re-establish good mobility that may have been lost during training.
It doesn’t take long. Done correctly it’s highly effective and you can visually see the improvement within a few minutes of work!
If you want similar contract/relax stretches for different areas of the body, please connect with me and I would be happy to help you out!