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Toe Touches

A dynamic stretch for the hamstrings and back muscles

Tags: middle school, stretches & strength, dynamic stretches



  1. Standing with feet a bit more than shoulder-width apart, extend the arms to the sides, keeping them parallel to the ground.
  2. Maintaining a straight back, bend at the hips and reach with one hand for the opposite foot.
  3. Return to the upright position and repeat on the other side.

Performance Points:

  • Stretch at a gentle pace, using fluid side to side movements. Don't bounce up and down.
  • It's okay to bend the knees slightly when reaching downward.
  • Bend at the hips, but keep the back and arms straight.
  • It's not necessary to touch the toes; simply reach as close as possible without overstretching.

Training Specifics:

Duration / Reps: 10 reaches on each side

When: During the pre-workout, warm-up routine


  • Warms up and stretches the hamstrings and back muscles

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