You are here

A Highly Functional Way to Lengthen Your Hamstrings

This is one of my favourite ways of lengthening the hamstrings. It’s somewhat of a blend between a back kick and a side kick in TaeKwonDo.

Keeping your hamstrings at a healthy length allows for optimal mobility through your lower back, pelvis, and knees.

It’s mainly the hamstrings of the stationary downside leg that are being stretched - you want to keep this downside leg relatively straight with the knee gently locked in extension.

All you need is a stable object to support your upper body on. The lower you position your upper body, the higher you can extend the upside leg behind you, which amplifies the stretch felt in the hamstrings of the downside leg.


Join more than 80,000 readers worldwide who receive Dr. Ben Kim's free newsletter

Receive simple suggestions to measurably improve your health and mobility, plus alerts on specials and giveaways at our catalogue

Please Rate This

Your rating: None Average: 4.3 (14 votes)
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.


I thank you for all the videos you post with helpful exercises and stretches. I would like to know the name of the ladder apparatus shown in this video and in your home studio. Are they custom made or can they be purchased prebuilt?

Dear Marlene,

Thank you for your kind thoughts, we appreciate it.

You can find details on the setup of Dr. Kim's home exercise area here:

The info on the overhead bar and the stall bars against the wall is lower down on the page cited above.

Client Care Manager