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Elephant Walk Exercise for Extreme Hamstring And Back Flexibility

The elephant walk exercise is the best hamstring and posterior chain stretch of all time. There is no movement more potent, stressful, and effective than the elephant walk exercise and here I'm going to show you how to benefit from it.

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Elephant Walk Exercise [In Action]

What Is The Elephant Walk Exercise?

Glad you asked. The elephant walk exercise is an advanced hamstring stretch designed to build length quickly and permanently in the posterior chain. It is the most effective hamstring stretch I have ever tried by far.

Why The Elephant Walk Exercise Instead Of Alternatives?

I have yet to find an exercise as straining, targeting, and immediately lengthening as the elephant walk. Unlike a static, common hamstring stretch, the elephant walk exercise places an extreme amount of tension and stress directly on the tight hamstrings - forcing them to lengthen by sheer will.

After 40 reps of the elephant walk exercise done properly, you should notice immediate increased flexibility. After 4-5 sessions of the elephant walk exercise over a few days, you should notice lasting improvement.

How To Perform The Elephant Walk Exercise

This video has all the queues and information you need: 

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Elephant Walk Exercise Queues:

  • Brace the core lightly
  • Shrug the shoulders towards the ears
  • Place your hands or fingers on the ground, or on a surface at the end of your range of motion
  • Floss one leg at a time, leaning your body into each rep
  • Pause for 1 second in the locked out position
  • Repeat for 40 total reps (20 each leg)
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Lean Into The Stretch With Each Floss Rep

Elephant Walk Exercise - Low Back Pain?

If you are here because of lower back pain, the elephant walk exercise might be part of your pain relief solution. Back pain can be a complex animal with many facets, and the elephant walk could provide 10%, 30%, or even 70-80% relief.


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Now that you've read about the elephant walk exercise, check out our article on best hamstring exercises!

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