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Gymnastics Stretches and Warm Ups : Doing a Hamstring Stretch for Gymnastics


Hi, I’m Mandy Butler on behalf of Expert Village.
I’m going to take you through a gymnastics class stretch and warm-up. Now I’m going to
stretch my hamstrings. It’s very common for hamstrings to get pulled, especially in running
tumbling because you’re putting a lot of stress on that muscle. So, you really want to make
sure you stretch it out. I’m going to grab this leg, put my hands on my shin, pull this
leg toward me, and hug my leg. That’s what I tell my little ones. So, make sure that
you’re not down like this or that your knee is not down like this, but up facing the ceiling.
I’m going to grab my leg, pull it toward me and I should feel the stretch right here in
my hamstring. Again, I’m going to hold that for at least 20 seconds. Ideally, you want
to hold it longer. I like to do it for at least 30 seconds. But, you have to do it for
at least 20 seconds or it’s not like you stretched at all. I’m going to put that leg back down,
grab the other one and do the exact same thing. I’m going to hug my leg to my body with my
knee facing up so I can feel that stretch in my hamstring. I really want to make sure
that I do this, again, for at least 20 seconds because it’s a common injury to pull a hamstring.
Then I’m going to place my leg back into a pike stretch and my hamstrings are nice and
ready to get started.

Cesar Sullivan

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