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Exercise Demonstrations

Standing Modified Forward Bend

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Standing Modified Forward Bend Exercise

Starting Position

Stand tall with back straight, abs engaged, shoulders down, and legs together.


Bend forward, placing your hands on your thighs until back is flat. Concentrate on lengthening the legs and lifting your hips towards the ceiling.

Breathe deeply and hold for 10-30 seconds.

Special Instructions

Stretch to the point of "mild discomfort," not to the point of pain. Never bounce. Straighten but do not lock the knee of your forward leg. Keep your abs engaged to protect your lower back. Bend knees if necessary to reduce the intensity of this stretch.

Muscles Stretched: Hamstrings