A simple strengthening workout relieves a common tight spot
CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, stretching won’t necessarily improve hamstring flexibility and restore range of motion. If poor alignment is to blame, your hamstrings are already in an overextended position and stretching can be counterproductive, says high-performance coach Mike Robertson. The first step in finding relief, he says, is to work towards achieving proper pelvic positioning, which will alleviate tension down the back of your thighs (see p95). The second step is to strengthen your hamstrings so they can help you maintain that good alignment – while sitting, walking or running. Robertson recommends the following two-day workout. Do the warm-up moves to help you first achieve good pelvic positioning. Then do the first two strength moves on one day and the second two on another day. If you run two or three times per week, do these workouts on your rest days. If you’re running more regularly than that, do them after you run.
Keep your back and hips in a straight line by contracting your abdominals.