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2004/03/10 15:27:38 (permalink)
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Hamstrings and stretching

I have been stretching my hamstrings almost every day for around 2 years (touching my toes for 10secs x 5). This was to recover from a pull during football and a suspected general shortening from lack of stretching while playing sports.

Did my first Squats, SLDLs etc in 6 months yesterday, and got good DOMS building today. I just tried my usual stretching, with the first being so tight I couldn't get anywhere near the floor (i was expecting this), I managed to get down to my usual level after 4 or 5.

1) Is regular stretching like this during rest/DOMS good ?
2) If so, Does it also promote more growth ? (e.g. lengthening them, so giving more space to grow outwards)
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    PikeKing
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    RE: Hamstrings and stretching 2004/03/10 15:53:16 (permalink)
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    Touching your toes is a crap hamstrings stretch mate, there are much better stretches out there.

    Stretching should be part of your total training plan, it can help with recovery and health of the muscles.
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    Mulligan
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    RE: Hamstrings and stretching 2004/03/10 16:43:52 (permalink)
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    Well OK, I knew someone would mention that.
    I should do more and better, but it did cure my hamstring problems over a period of at least 6 months and enabled me to run as much as I like, so can't be that bad.
    I have started trying to stretch everything now before I do the weights, so getting better..

    My main question/point was more about stretching while having DOMS.
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    JayavarmanVII
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    RE: Hamstrings and stretching 2004/03/10 17:21:02 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by PikeKing

    Touching your toes is a crap hamstrings stretch mate, there are much better stretches out there.


    Care to tell us what they are. If you mean that you don't necessarily need to touch your toes, or that you can go even further like palms flat on floor, fair enough. But are there exercises which are fundamentally different.

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    Mulligan
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    RE: Hamstrings and stretching 2004/03/10 18:33:41 (permalink)
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    It annoys me a LITTLE bit (am grateful for everyones helps) when the point of my question is missed... I hoped I didn't have to go on about my type of stretching.
    Over a long period of time I found it visibly motivating as I could see myself reaching further anf further down, and yes, I can now pretty much put palms on the floor. I started a Kung Fu class a few months ago and noticed how everyone else struggled with this, so i can't be that bad.

    Anyway, my point was about stretching while having heavy DOMS, good, bad ? Or put it this way, is there ever a time when stretching is bad ?
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    RE: Hamstrings and stretching 2004/03/10 18:40:40 (permalink)
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    Good as far as I know, only warm up for 5 mins or so pior to the stretching, do not stretch from cold.
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    RE: Hamstrings and stretching 2004/03/11 08:08:36 (permalink)
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    If you are standing straight and then bending over to touch your toes, then its a bad habit to get into. It puts pressure on your Lumbar vertebraes and doesn't give the best indication of flexibility. Sit on your arse and put both legs straight out, knees on ground. Tuck one leg in so the sole of the foot is touching the other knee. Now, slowly reach down your leg until you feel your stretch. Keep your eyes straight and never bounce.

    Better yet, get a partner. Lie on your back and get your partner to hold your straight leg and begin to push over you head, leave the other leg on the ground flat. When you feel you can go no futher with your partner holding your straight leg, get him to hold it while you push against his resistance.

    I'm not sure what your asking about DOMS, but basically its not a good thing. People say that DOMS is good because they can feel the workout, but its the muscles way of saying that the session was too much, or that you didn't warm up and cool down. Immediately before and immediately after the workout cool down to start with e.g. a slight jog then walk, or arm swings or trunk rotation and then a good stretch.

    When you feel sore the next day, then take it easy. Don't immediately work those muscle groups again until your completely recovered. Nutrition is also a key during this stage.
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    RE: Hamstrings and stretching 2004/03/12 13:43:53 (permalink)
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    Stretching is an under-estimated important part of a total fitness program, I'd recommend you now hold the stretches longer than 10 seconds and maybe try some forms of PNF stretching.
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    RE: Hamstrings and stretching 2004/03/12 17:29:30 (permalink)
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    thanks for the tips guys !!
    i have been lazy in the past with warm-ups/stretching.
    Also, I think the duration and intensity of my DOMS are always much worse when i've had a long period of not training.. they're not so severe with successive weeks of training.. its just a little irritating right now, as I'm trying to Run as much as poss to lose bodyfat.
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