How to: Standing Straddle Stretch
Learn how to perform the standing straddle stretch
Stretching your adductors is important as is strengthening them.
The standing straddle stretch is both a stretch and strengthening drill.
You can think of it like a wide stance stiff legged deadlift. You get a large range of motion but also strengthening.
When it comes to the posterior chain, the more narrow the stance is in a deadlift, the more lateral part you are working.
The wider the stance, the more medial parts you are working.
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How to Perform the Standing Straddle Stretch
To begin this movement, start standing with a wide stance.
If you haven’t done this before, you may want to have a chair under you or be near a pole/equipment to hold on to.
Make sure your stance is pretty wide. If it isn’t wide enough, you will feel the stretch more in your hamstrings than your adductors (inner thighs).
From here, you can begin the stretch:
- Push your butt backward and let your chest drop
- Continue going downward as far as you can without letting your back round
- Feel the stretch in your inner thighs (adductors)
- Pause for half a second
- Return to the starting position
- Imagine your torso is a cannister. You are not folding forward. The cannister is going down and backward
- You can slightly bend your knees
- Feel yourself shift your weight backward as you do the stretch
Reps and sets:
- Start with 2-3 sets of 5
- You should be able to walk normally after performing this stretch; if you can’t you did too much and need to do less next time
Using Your Back: The Most Common Error
In this photo, we have a less-than-ideal finishing position.
Usually when you’re is in this finishing position, it feels like your lower back is neutral, but it’s not.
Take a look at the finishing position above and compare the spine positions.
In order to do this stretch most effectively, you need to keep your back in neutral.
This positions the pelvis in a way to best stretch the adductors.
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