Hamstring tightness is a plague that affects almost everyone who regularly exercises, and having torn mine when I was in my early 20s I understand just how frustrating it can be, so I’m bringing you a brand new approach to better results with your hamstring tightness, so you can stop wasting time with stretches that just don’t work.
Seriously, if you’re struggling with persistent tightness in your legs, hamstrings or even just quads, then you need to read this.
In most cases, persistent hamstring tightness isn’t actually the problem, it’s a symptom of something else happening inside your body, and the main culprit is usually the position of the pelvis.
In a normal neutral position, you have equal length in your hamstrings and your hip flexors, and likely no hamstring tightness issues. If your pelvis is in a different position to this, then the hamstrings will either be too short or too long and you’re likely to suffer from tight hamstrings.
If your pelvis is tilted backwards, it’ll look and feel like it’s tucked under, then the hamstrings will be very short and they’ll feel very tight – but it’s still not your hamstrings fault. The reason that the hamstrings go tight in this position is because the abdominal muscles are too tight and short, which pulls the pelvis up at the front and tips the pelvis backwards.
This shortening through the abdominals, lengthens everything through the back of the pelvis, which enables the pelvis to tilt backwards and shortens the hamstrings.
If your pelvis is tilted forwards, it’s because the hip flexors get very tight and short, which tips the front of the pelvis down towards the floor and that pulls the hamstrings into a lengthened position.
In both these situations, the act of trying to touch your toes in a traditional hamstring stretch, in an effort to get to the hamstrings to relax, is a waste of time, because in neither situation are the hamstrings the reason that they have become too tight.
A much more useful practice would be to find the reason that your hamstrings are tight in the first place, which you can do completely FREE with my Injury Predictor Assessment.
Click the link to discover whether your problem is with your hip flexors and your adductors, your core or if you’ve got shoulder issues that are causing you to round your spine.
Once you’ve found and dealt with the cause of your issues, your hamstrings will be in a better position to function properly – without you having to stretch them!