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7/26/11 8:45 P

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i just do a simple stretch. i stand on one foot, put the other back horizontal to the floor and bend forward and touch my toes and hold for 30 seconds on each side and then i put my feet together and just bend forward. don't strain--just stretch. i don't think i could touch the floor when i started, but now i can put my hand almost flat on the floor. i do this every day, and it really helps my hamstrings stay flexible.

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7/25/11 10:45 P

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Awesome advice - thanks!

I have to admit I am not good with the stretching... eep! emoticon I know I am doing myself a disservice by not stretching properly, but when I am done, I'm done.

I guess I will just have to stretch more thoroughly, use the modifier and really try to focus on the hamstrings flexing while I am doing the exercise. If it's no good, I guess I will go back to regular deadlifts and watch my form.

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7/24/11 6:44 P

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are you stretching your hamstrings before you start? i wasn't and now i do and it makes a big difference.

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7/24/11 2:39 P

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Hiya! I personally don't like those single leg ones at all. Last year, I tweaked my back doing them too. So I just do them as regular but do extra ones and really concentrate on squeezing my glutes at the end. But you say the regular ones hurt as well? My suggestion is to lay off them until your back is better, continue to strenghthen your core, get some great stretching in after your cardio sessions to loosen up the hammies, and then see how they go?

Just me personally, I don't do them. I also modify the single leg sumo squats. They just feel sooo uncomfortable to me. Uncomfortable like something is going to tweak...not a good burn uncomfortable. Also the single leg tap squats. Don't like those either. haha!




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7/24/11 2:29 P

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Funny. . .I did Push 2 for the first time today so our schedules must be really close! I didn't get back pain doing them, but wonder if you had your knee locked out?? Did you try the modifier? It also could be that you are actually lifting your other leg too high and it is taking more of your lower back muscles to hold that up. I would say either try the modifier until you get your form down, or decrease your weights and really focus on your form, pulling your abs in and your shoulders blades back and together. Also, make sure your back is straight and you aren't leaning "too far" forward. Arrrgghh!!! SO much to remember to do all at once huh? It was definitely a great workout. . .my shoulders are TOAST!

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7/24/11 1:10 P

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I did Push Circuit 2 for the first time yesterday and I am having trouble with the single leg deadlifts. I get lower back pain and don't feel anything in my hamstrings.

I seem to be okay with regular deadlifts when I really concentrate on keeping my back straight and tailbone lifted. But the single leg ones are killing me! I tried doing the modified version, but I still had the same problem. I know that my hamstrings are quite tight so I can't drop down as far, but I am still determined to get this!

Any ideas? Thanks so much!

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