Guest post by Jason Parsons
Every time I see someone bent over doing a hamstring stretch, a tiny tear forms in the corner of my eye. No, it isn’t because my allergies are acting up again or because I just chopped up some onions. You see, this tiny tear was born from the following:
- Sadness, because I know the person is only making things worse.
- Anger, that is directed at the massive misinformation that is rampant in EVERY fitness magazine on the shelves.
- Frustration, knowing that people aren’t born doing the wrong thing and that means somebody had to teach this ridiculous stretch.
- Confusion, as to why this has been allowed to continue on for so long.
I will be the first one to admit, I don’t like crying in public, not because it’s embarrassing, but rather because I don’t usually carry any tissue with me to wipe away the inevitable snot bubbles I’ll be creating. Nobody likes snot bubbles my friend.
So how am I going to minimize the chance of me crying in reaction to this oft maligned activity? Well, I figure the best thing to do is whip up this here article giving YOU the reader a little more info so you can do the right thing the next time you are tempted to bend over and touch your toes for no good reason at all. I like to think of it as me saving the world, one hamstring at a time.
First, let me start with a quote (and NO, this wasn’t said by Albert Einstein):
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it…