Daily Mobility Exercises by Dr. Kelly Starrett Forums Back Hamstring cramp when trying Couch Stretch

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      AvatarJason Kneeland

      I’m am starting my mobility work and tried the Couch Stretch for the first time today and had a wierd thing happen. I was on level one position, and when I went to tighten my glute and drive my back leg down, my hamstring cramped like mad. I tried it on the other side and the same thing happened. Yesterday I did a C&J workout, and Squats so I’m not sure if I’m just tired but thought I would throw it out there. I definitely need more Hip mobility and I am 5 years out from lumbar micro-disectomy trying to regain my athleticism. Things have been going well since I started 4 month ago and I’m excited to start using TRS to increase my mobility.

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      Michael AlzheimerMichael Alzheimer

      Hello Jason!

      This happens to me as well, it’s quite common. It is most likely due to the fact that the hamstring is in a shortened position and you haven’t spent a lot of time there. Especially if you smoked them in a workout the day before its not surprising they cramped up. If I keep cramping I usually throw in some soft tissue work and do a little warmup beforehand to get some blood flow to the area. You could also try adjusting your position slightly or try a variation like a 1/2 kneeling banded hip flexor stretch so that hamstrings aren’t in such a shortened position.

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