3D Hamstring Flexibility

3DFeeling a little hopeless this morning – such is the life of a Leafs fan – game against Boston tonight.  Not sure if I will be more sour if they come out flying and win the game or if they just stink it up and lose.  Probably sour either way 🙂

Okay, let’s talk about things that make me happy – hockey exercises!

EOTW: Feeling Your Hamstrings in 3D

How many of you stretch your hamstrings?  Show of hands please……

1…2…3…4…5…7 – wow! Only SEVEN of you stretch your hamstrings at all?  Okay, I can live with that.  The truth is that some of you who have tight hamstrings don’t really need to stretch them at all – but that is a topic for another day – let’s assume you all need a little more flexibility there.

I want you to try this exercise – do 10-15 rotations on each side for a nice stretch, but also so you can actually FEEL the different portions of your hamstring – how when you rotate your pelvis you will actually feel other areas of your posterior thigh come into more of a stretch.


If you can’t see the video in the player above, just click on the link below…
http://youtu.be/KhwiXX_R_bA

This highlights the impact of position on muscle activation and why functional hockey training programs translate so well onto the ice, they get you into those multi-planar movement patterns compared to the typical sagittal plane (forward and back), fixed path gym training programs.  Dangerously close to going on a rant there…but that is for another day.

Give this exercise a try – feel your hamstrings in 3D for the first time in your life, it will only take you 60 seconds.

All the best for an awesome day!

Cheers,
M

Hockey training blueprint

CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE WHEN YOU ARE READY TO STAND OUT ON THE ICE 🙂