Mobility work and stretching is an important part of what I do with my clients as a trainer and CrossFit coach. Each workout begins with dynamic stretching during the warm up and end with more static stretching and mobility work. I can’t tell you how much incorporating this into my own workouts has helped me with performance and recovery. So many of my clients say it’s their favorite part of the workout but they have a hard time finding the discipline to do it on their own.
This is the first post in a new stretching/mobility series that I’m going to do for you and today I’m covering band assisted stretches for your hamstrings, hips and groin/inner thigh area. I have done these types of stretches for years using a strap or towel around the foot (or just hooking my own arm behind my hamstring) but using a resistance band takes it to a whole new and restorative level. You literally just have to lie there and relax and the band does the work for you. It feels awesome. I’ve been doing this stretch with my clients a ton over the last few weeks and it’s received nothing but great feedback from everyone.
You take the stretch in three different directions. Leg straight up to hit the hamstring, out to the side to get the inner thigh/groin and across the body for hip and IT band. I made a video demoing what kind of band to use, how to get into the band and how to perform the stretch.
As always, let me know if you have questions or feedback.
Do you incorporate stretching and mobility work into your workouts?