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A Simple test for hamstring and lower back flexibility

Posted on 26 August 2010

By RaceTwitch pro-Team member Kata Gémes.

A lot of runners and cyclists often have extremely tight calf, hamstring and lower back muscles. Use this simple test to measure this type of flexibility.

Starting from a standing position, bend forward while you keep you knee straight.  Try to put your fingers down on the floor. If you can reach the floor with your fingers or you can put your palms down that means your lower back and hamstrings are flexible and should be maintained.

If you can not reach the floor with your fingers, your hamstrings and lower back muscles are too tight.  Increasing your flexibility will help prevent injuries and overload caused by the imbalance of the musculo-sceletal system.

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