Can you touch your toes? If so, can you do it while maintaining a relatively straight lower back? If you are like a lot of riders I have met the answer to this questions is “no” and if you are among them this may be one of the most important videos you ever watch.
A lot of people mistake their inability to touch their toes as a lack of hamstring flexibility but despite stretching the hamstrings few people see any real progress. The reason for this is because a faulty movement pattern is causing the hamstrings to tighten up and, if left unaddressed, will always cause them to tighten up no matter how much you stretch.
This morning I posted a video demonstrating a “trick” I learned from Gray Cook with Functional Movement Systems to help someone touch their toes without any stretching. In less than 5 minutes I have seen this technique add 6-8 inches range of motion, allowing people to touch their toes for the first time in years.
In this video I show you this technique and explain what it really means about your “tight hamstrings”: