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Effective Band Stretches

May 3, 2013 | Chris Matsui

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Sometimes simplicity is best, especially in training gear. For athletes on the go, resistance bands are perfect tools. They're light, compact and inexpensive, convenient to toss in your bag and take anywhere. Plus, they are effective for just about any type of training:

  • Warm-ups
  • Mobility/Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Speed
  • Recovery

Increase your range of motion and boost your recovery process with these simple methods. In the videos, we used EFS Mini bands, but I also use the green stretch bands from "Perform Better." They both work well.

Band Stretches

Hip Flexor Stretch

Hamstring Stretch

Calf Stretch

Key Notes

  • Relax. Make sure to allow the band to track back.
  • Once you allow the band to do its work, you'll feel a BIG difference!
  • Time. Hold for a minimum of 5 seconds.
  • Move around. We're all tight in various areas and built differently, so there's no one-size-fits-all method. Take your time and listen to your body.

Sample Band Stretch Training Day

If you're particularly tight, you may want to add some of these stretches between your squat warm-up sets. For example:

  • Squat with the bar for eight reps
  • Perform a Hamstring Band Stretch for five or more seconds moving in various directions
  • Squat with 95 pounds for five reps
  • Perform a Hip Flexor Band Stretch for five or more seconds
  • Squat with 135 pounds for five reps
  • Perform a Calf Band Stretch for five or more seconds moving in various directions
Topics: STRETCHING
Chris Matsui
- Chris Matsui is a 10-year veteran of the fitness field who has worked in NFL and collegiate strength and conditioning programs. He is now the...
Chris Matsui
- Chris Matsui is a 10-year veteran of the fitness field who has worked in NFL and collegiate strength and conditioning programs. He is now the...
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