University Recreation


Sit-and-Reach Stretch

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The following information is to be used as a guideline only. If any of the exercises cause any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately and consult your physician. We strongly encourage you to consult with a physician before participating in any physical activity.

Primary Muscles: Hamstrings
Secondary Muscles: Calves
Body Area: Legs
Modality Types: Body Weight Body Weight
Equipment: No Equipment

Sit-and-Reach Stretch

Proper Steps

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  • Read "Getting Started" before beginning any exercise
  • Sit on floor with legs extended together out in front of body
  • Straighten back and lock knees
  • Exhale and slowly reach forward to toes until mild discomfort is felt in the hamstrings
  • Hold stretch for 10-30 sec.
  • This stretch should be felt in the hamstrings
  • You don’t have to reach your toes! Just reach to the point of mild discomfort


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