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Strength: Seated hamstring stretch

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  May 15, 2014

Strength: Seated hamstring stretch

Strength: Seated hamstring stretch aids flexibility in the back of your thighs that will help prevent injuries and optimise your running stride.


  • Stand behind a bench or chair.
  • Place your right foot on the chair, keeping the leg straight.
  • Keep the toes of your left foot facing forward (they will have a tendency to turn out).
  • Reach forward from your waist.
  • Keep your back straight and don’t slouch.

Be safe

Don’t overstretch and don’t bounce your stretch. Hold the stretch and reach a little further forward as your muscle relaxes into the stretch.


Sets and reps

Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat it twice on both legs.

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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