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Your flexibility is inversely related to how injury-prone you are. The more flexible you are, the less likely you are to accidentally injure yourself during training. This is true of major injuries, but it is also true of minor injuries that leave you stiff and sore for 3-4 days (when you should be bouncing back after 1 day of rest, ideally). Flexibility ...


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The more flexible you are doesnt always mean you are less likely to injure yourself... sometimes being too flexible is a detriment and your strength is lacking. If you are extremely flexible but lack the strength to maintain certain exercises you are equally as prone to injury as someone who is inflexible. The key is determining where your body lacks ...


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I have also never been able to touch my toes, not even close, even in military basic training. I found out much later that I have an extra vertebra. It was never an issue of limberness. It wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor why you can't, everything else is pure conjecture.


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There are actually quite a few studies that address this question. If you search on google scholar for musculoskeletal fitness and health, you'll find a lot of good reading. In a summation of them, there are basically three components to musculoskeletal fitness, which are strength (ability to perform work), endurance (how long you can do said work) and ...


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Body shape has a lot to do with it. I've got really long legs and short arms, so it would take a huge amount of angle for me to be able to touch my toes (which I can't). My 80 year old grandmother always used to be able to (and might still), but her legs are very short compared to her arms... She can do it without stretching anything at all, whereas for ...


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Here is another 'strange' person for you. I have been slender all of my life and I still am. However, I have never really been able to touch my toes, and one gym teacher in middle school gave me an "F" in gym one semester because I couldn't - even after lots of stretching exercises, the best I could do was BARELY touch the floor with my middle fingers. ...


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Freakyuser, It might not be your hamstring muscle. If you can touch the floor with your knuckles without bending the knees, then it is most likely not your hamstring. Also, this is beyond average (most people can't do this). You might want to check and see if your lumbar spine is the problem of your stiffness. However, you can read the Functional ...


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What about doing a Good Morning. Start Position: End Position:


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So they're just sore? Intervals hurt - that's the point - you want to be a bit sore because that's your body getting stronger. Stretching's probably not going to help much. The intervals are doing a small amount of damage to your body so that it can then repair itself and a bit more and become stronger. You need to rest and eat sufficient protein to help ...


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There are several things you can do, just know that in a raw squat (no squat suit or compression briefs) the glute involvement is primarily at the bottom, and the hamstrings are only moderately used. With a squat suit, the leverages change and loading the hamstrings is more important. That said, the glute and hamstring activity is still ...


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In my weightlifing circles, stiff-legged deadlifts have always been considered THE hamstring exercise. My buddies have used the name Romanian deadlifts interchangably with stiff-legged deadlifts, but after doing some Googling for references, I see that these names can be differentiated. If you use form like in the first link, you'll want to be standing on ...


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All existing answers provide good hamstrings exercises, but none of them really isolate the hamstrings. (It is rather difficult to get both "free weights" and "isolation" in one exercise as @Moz pointed out) If "isolation" is more important, just go with the leg curl machine. If you don't want to use machines, you can use cables to get a good compromise ...


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No need to look any further than Squats.....many consider this exercise the King of all exercises. Since your muscles don't work in isolation, you shouldn't train them in isolation. Dumbbell, barbell, body weight and 100 other variations...keep it simple and focus on technique. Free weights always provide more overall benefit than machines ever will.


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A free weight isolation exercise is an oxymoron, I suggest if you want to isolate then use the leg curl machine - that will give you the isolation you desire.


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It appears you are flexible enough and your hamstrings don't need additional stretching. I would focus on strengthening your hamstrings instead of stretching. Add deadlifts or other hamstring exercises you prefer to your fitness routine at the gym. Too much flexibility can be a cause of injury.


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Hamstring strengthening is very important to prevent knee injuries in addition to improve your performance, especially in sports that require lots of kicking, jumping, cutting, sprinting, acceleration and deceleration. If you can find a stability ball, then you can try these exercises: Stability Ball Hamstring Curl Stability Ball Single Leg Hamstring ...


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Cycling has been shown to shorten the rectus femoris. This happens because its range of motion is smaller than in for example running. The same thing happens to any muscle that is used across a shorter range of motion, so I presume that the exact same thing happens to the hamstring. There is another factor that plays a role there as well. The hamstring has ...


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The best stretch I've found for the posterior chain (touching your toes) is a dynamic stretch called the flexibility rollover or half reverse roll. It's fun and really gets you deep into the stretch. You'll be able to touch your toes in no time. Here's a video of the stretch in action (another video here). Starting position: Ending position:


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I had a huge growth spurt in high school and my muscles never lengthened out. Trying to touch my toes with straight knees and back led to excruciating pain around the back of the knee and upper calves. The way I got through my stiffness problems was actually with several support stretches. Once I had loosened the muscles connected to my hamstrings, I got ...


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Honestly, the best training for touching your toes is just doing it. Stand with your legs straight (although not with your knees bent inwards) and lower yourself as far as you can. Then, stay in that position for a few seconds, try to relax and stretch just a little bit further. When coming back up, again, do it slowly (the general advice people call out is ...


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You can't tell, and, nor can we. Only a trained professional can advise you on the extent of the trauma to the muscle. Having said that, you should let your pain level guide you to amount and extent of the activity as you ease back into it. Ideally you would have progressed through some sort of rehab program to strengthen the injured area.


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If you round your back when bending over and touching the ground, you're taking the hamstrings out of the equation. Try keeping a flat back and hinging forward at the waist.


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I have the same issue. My PT prescribed "eccentric leg curls." Put 50 or 60 lb on the leg curl machine. Pull slowly with both legs, then slowly return to the rest position with only one leg on the pad. Somehow this really helps the hammies. Just do three sets of ten. Increase weight with caution as you improve. Beware of too much weight or too many reps or ...


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I can touch my toes. I can put the palm of my hands on the floor even with my knees straight if I want to. I guess it's simply how you're built, because I haven't stretched in months and I can do it. I have long legs, but I s'pose my arms must be long too haha! You also have to give me the fact that I'm young- around 16- and female. Women are often more ...


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On top of compound exercises like deadlifts (particularly the stiff-legged variety, if you're flexible enough) and squats (if you're flexible enough to do them right), glute-ham raises are an excellent way to target the hamstrings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlalgTN1dgA



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