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A fitness instructor once called his hamstrings “ham chains” in reference to how tight he was. I could understand. While I love cardio workouts like running, spinning, and dance classes, I hate slowing down to stretch. However, stretching is really important, not only to prevent injury, but also to reduce post-workout soreness and increase mobility and flexibility.

There are many moves you can do at home to stretch your hamstrings (the muscles at the back of your thighs). However, over 1,000 Amazon shoppers give the IdealStretch Original Hamstring Stretcher a five-star rating.

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$67.95 on Amazon

As you can probably tell from the name, the device can help you stretch your tight hamstrings. Although the product description states that it can also effectively stretch your calves. Basically, if you go to a professional to stretch, you lie down and they pull your leg up and toward your body, one at a time. This device can help you imitate this movement, except you can do it yourself.

Simply lie on your back, slide your foot and leg into the device, and gently pull back to stretch your hamstrings. You can also do this stretch seated – bringing your foot back into a bent position can help stretch your calves.

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“Often people just need a little help to get to the point where they can get past the initial stiffness and adhesions so they can stretch without an aid like this device,” wrote one reviewer and personal trainer. from Amazon. “It’s a powerful tool to help anyone stretch from the glutes, through the hamstrings and calf muscle group, Achilles tendon and plantar fascia – all at once. . What an amazing device.”

“I’ve been using this stretcher for about a week and a half now. I do three to five stretches per leg a day, holding each for about 30 seconds,” wrote another reviewer. “I’ve added about 5 inches to my stretching by bending over and touching the toes. Before, I couldn’t touch my toes (about 3-4 inches off the ground). Now I can touch the ground! This product really works but you have to use it!

The IdealStretch Original hamstring stretching device is $67.95 on Amazon. Although it’s a bit pricey, it’s also incredibly useful. Sometimes a good stretch is worth it, especially if you have very tight hamstrings.

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