The Knee Stretch Series is brisk paced and great for clients of all abilities. Your athletes and runners will gain strength quickly. However, this can be a complex exercise to introduce, especially in our society where many people have back/knee/hip issues. Take caution by ensuring quality of movement.
Purpose- strengthen knees, torso/shoulder stability, opens up hips
Preps- Coccyx Curl, Leg Pumps on chair, Cat/Cow, Stomach Massage
Form- Round/Flat/Arched back or Knees Off, shoulders stabilize, movement happens at the hip, brisk tempo once form is mastered
*Avoid if you have had a knee replacement or have lack of leg strength to sustain position
Modify- Scooter (one leg version), just hold in place on the Knees Off version, place pad or yoga block under knees to add extra padding or if stiff, make the range of motion smaller, hands on the frame instead of bar
How to Advance- Knees Off variation, increase reps, increase tempo