This is the last exercise for the Pre-Beginner series. Please look for the Beginner and Intermediate series following these.
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You’ve reached the last exercise. We’re going to be working the hamstrings. It’s a great stretching exercise. It’s called the plank stretch working on the back of the thigh area. I want you to stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, extend the right leg at about 10 to 12 inches in front of you. Your left knee will be bent slightly. And then, what I want you to do is bring your toe up, place your hands on your thighs and gently come down with your hips leading. You’re going to feel a great stretch in the hamstrings. Back here, we all walk around with very tight hamstrings. And do you know what tight hamstrings can do? It can cause pain in the lower back. A lot of people don’t know that. Very important. Loose hamstrings, you can actually do some good for your lower back area. Notice your posture, it’s perfect. I want you to come down just until you feel the stretched. Don’t overdo the stretch. We don’t want to cause any injury. Now, let’s go the other way, Cathy. Start from the beginning. Feet shoulder-width. Leg is extended. The right knee is bent. The toe comes up. Hands on the thigh. We’ll be moving with the hips feeling a gentle stretch in the hamstring right back here. This is a great exercise that we all need. Loose hamstrings. Hold each side for 30 seconds. It’s perfect. I want to congratulate you for making through the entire program. I want to give you a round of applause. That was absolutely great. We have more to do.