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I stretch almost every day, and I have been doing so for a few months. My hands stop short almost a hand length from my toes. After I stretch, I can touch them. The next day, I'm back to zero.

This has been going on for months - am I doing something wrong?

I'm holding stretches for 3 minutes now.

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    What else are you doing, how many stretches, and what times of day? One stretch a day on its own is unlikely to do anything. – Rory Alsop Apr 2 at 13:23
  • It may be caused by weak hamstrings, glutes or abs. Se my answer to: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/39726/…. If this is the case stretching will not help you however long you do it. – Andy Apr 2 at 14:45
  • I do RDLs already and my Deadlift and squat are around 150kg, but I do have more ROM after doing RDLs! – BigBadWolf Apr 2 at 16:34
  • Well so much for that theory. Maybe it is a good idea to do a exercise called The Founder. It uses the arms as leverage to get a light load. So in someways it should be similar to a deadlift with a very light load (eg. empty bar). In general I think stretching with light load (eccentric stretching) is more effective than without. – Andy Apr 3 at 7:36
  • What hamstring stretch are you doing exactly? Not all hamstring stretches are equal. I see people at the gym doing hamstring stretches that are a complete waste of time. I have been stretching daily for years, and I hope I can say without bragging that I can touch my nose to my knees when I am stranding with straight legs. So I can probably give you some advise, but first I'd like to know exactly what hamstring stretch you are doing. – Chris Apr 3 at 20:56

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