What is the perfect stretch?

What is the perfect stretch?

How to Do ‘The World’s Greatest Stretch’

  1. Step forward with your left leg, and lower your body into a lunge. As you go down, place your right hand on the floor so it’s even with your left foot.
  2. Now move your left elbow inside your left foot, and rest it on the floor.
  3. Move your left hand outside your left foot, and twist to reach for the sky.

How do you do the figure 4 stretch?

Figure 4 Stretch

  1. Lie on your back with knees bent, feet flat and in line with your hips.
  2. Bring either ankle to the opposite knee forming a figure four (i.e. cross your legs)
  3. Reach through your bent knee and grasp the back of the leg still on the ground and pull it towards your chest.
  4. You should feel the stretch in your buttocks.

Why is it good to open your hips?

When hips are tight, they increase the load and cause overuse of the spine. In addition to the benefits of improved range of motion and circulation and decreased back pain, opening the hips can create an energetic shift or release as well. Hip-opening can also create space for the birth of new ideas and new pathways.

Is the frog stretch bad for you?

DON’T stretch your turnout in the frog position. Especially dangerous is having someone push on your hips (when you’re on your stomach) or knees (when you’re on your back). This can cause sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which affects the joint where the hips meet the spine.

What does the frog stretch do?

Benefits of this stretch are: stretches the whole front part of the body, from the tops of the feet, thighs, groin, hip flexors, abdomen, to the chest and throat as you reach the more advanced version. It also helps to strengthen the back muscles and stimulate the organs in the abdominal cavity.

How long should you hold frog pose?

Hold this pose for 1 to 3 minutes and eventually up to 5 minutes. To come out of the pose, bring your feet together, use your hands to push the floor away, and gently bring the knees in, one at a time. Rest in a comfortable Child’s pose variation for a few moments before your counter pose.

Do muscles actually stretch?

Muscle tissue During a stretch, the muscle fibers and tendons (which attach the muscles to the bones) elongate, said Markus Tilp, a sports scientist and a biomechanist at the University of Graz, in Austria. However, making a habit of stretching will not create a sustained lengthening of the muscle or fibers.


Andrey is a coach, sports writer and editor. He is mainly involved in weightlifting. He also edits and writes articles for the IronSet blog where he shares his experiences. Andrey knows everything from warm-up to hard workout.