For our second hamstring pre-workout warmup, we are going to be doing ‘Standing Toe Touches’!
Note: if you haven’t already participated in yesterday’s Table Tennis Fitness, please follow the link!
Standing Toe Touches are a very common dynamic stretch that athletes tend to do before vigorous exercise.
Dynamic stretches are very different to static stretches (for examples of static stretching, see Week 1 and 2!) as they involve movement and physically warming up the muscles, whereas static stretches simply lengthens them.
Also, it is thought that static stretching actually lowers the performance of the muscles, unlike its dynamic counterpart!
That’s why Standing Toe Touches are great for getting our hamstrings nice and loose to help prevent injury!
Fitness Goal: for today’s exercise, try and aim to do 2 sets of 5 reps (1 rep equals 4 toe touches!) with a quick rest between each set.
Tip: the idea behind this exercise is to try and swing your leg up to touch your hands, so try not to stretch your arm out too far if you find you can’t kick your leg up enough.
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