In today’s new video, I talk about why it’s not the best idea to static stretch your hamstrings for someone that lives in an anterior pelvic tilt posture. The anterior pelvic tilt causes the pelvis to tip forward, the butt to stick out and low back to go into lumbar extension. What ends happening when someone assumes this position is that their hamstrings become ‘tight’ because the pelvis has shifted forward and it’s pulling on the hamstrings to become further stretched.
Now, when it comes to tightness or stiffness, most people tend to assume that ‘static stretching’ is the solution to reducing all tightness/stiffness that may exist. However, that’s far from the case since the reason one usually has tight hamstrings in the position of an anterior pelvic tilt is that of the change in pelvic position (anterior pelvic tilt).
One can stretch the hamstrings all they want, but doing so won’t necessarily reduce the tightness they are experiencing in their hamstrings. Instead, the way to address this is to fix the structural issue that may exist (anterior pelvic tilt) by focusing on glute and anterior core development, while also avoiding/limiting the activities that put them there in the first place (e.g., prolonged sitting).
Hope you enjoy the video below 🙂