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Posted by: Spinna | 2005/12/14

shorten hamstings?

Does spinning shorten your hamstrings? Since i've been spinning im a lot less flexible in that area

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Hi Spinna

Any muscle contraction can have the effect of shortening the muscle - the reasons lie in the changes happening in the muscle during such exercise, and so yes, the simple answer is that spinning will decrease your flexibility. Perhaps not as much as running, but it does do it nevertheless. The solution is relatively simple and easy and fortunately, doesn't take 30 minutes a day. You just have to set aside 5 minutes to work on some easy stretches. The best time would be directly after the session, all you need is one stretch, maybe two, where you hold in a stretched position for 30 seconds on each leg. Touching the toes is the classic hamstring stretch, probably not that great for the back, so if you are seating you can do the same movement. Also, there is the leg raise where you lie on your back, use a towel to pull your straight leg up to the vertical position. Those are two examples, and if you do some regular stretching, even if it is just for 5 minutes a day, you will notice the difference.

Good luck

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