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Old 11-20-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
Michael McCann
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Tight hamstrings

Hello everyone!

I have been involved with crossfit for almost 6 months now and I am concerned about mu hamstrings. I workout 3-4 times a week no matter how much I stretch, workout my hamstrings are still tight.

Does anyone have any recommendations, similar situations, or informations?
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Re: Tight hamstrings

Have you tried using a lacrosse ball to work the hamstring muscle?

I have found (from watching some of the videos on MobilityWod) that sitting on a lacrosse ball up at the very top of the hamstring (right beneath the cheeks) on a hard surface (a jumping box works great for this) and then extending the leg from 90 degrees to straight for a few minutes works wonders.

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http://youtu.be/VQtwaPoK-UM
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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Re: Tight hamstrings

What do you mean your hamstrings are tight?
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:04 PM   #4
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Re: Tight hamstrings

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What do you mean your hamstrings are tight?
Chris,

Tight where it is tough to straighten my leg out, when I am sitting in a chair, bending over to tie a shoe.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:55 PM   #5
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Re: Tight hamstrings

Has it occurred to you that may not be an issue for you personally.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:11 PM   #6
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Re: Tight hamstrings

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Has it occurred to you that may not be an issue for you personally.
What do you mean?
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:49 PM   #7
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Re: Tight hamstrings

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Has it occurred to you that may not be an issue for you personally.
Huh?

Also, a very, very good rule of thumb is, if you keep stretching, and it keeps getting tight, that the tight area is likely a response to a weakness somewhere else; and the hamstrings are compensating for likely inhibited glutes, or stability. I could be wrong, but without seeing you, that would be my first guesses.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:36 AM   #8
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Re: Tight hamstrings

May be anterior pelvic tilt causing the issues. Here's a good link with various different things that could be causing the issue. May want to try and visit someone locally to be positive though.

http://www.ericcressey.com/5-reasons...strings-strain
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:56 PM   #9
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Re: Tight hamstrings

People are way too concerned about "tightness" etc. It is the latest fad. Guess what? Tightening of connective tissue is a beneficial adaptation to strength training so long as it does not preclude normal movement. What a lot of people perceive as being "tight" is really a normalized state for strength training.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:21 PM   #10
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Re: Tight hamstrings

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People are way too concerned about "tightness" etc. It is the latest fad. Guess what? Tightening of connective tissue is a beneficial adaptation to strength training so long as it does not preclude normal movement. What a lot of people perceive as being "tight" is really a normalized state for strength training.
Coach Glassman pointed this out in this video from 2007, ya don't want "excessive" flexibility.

[url]http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_RangeOfMotion.wmv[/url (WFS)

I believe women suffer from this more often than men

Eric Cressey mentions that inadequate ROM calls for mobility work but excessive ROM calls for stability work.

Chris, is that one of the positive adaptations of strength training ?
Meaning, it's not just a byproduct.

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