The Improved Toe Touching Hamstring Stretch is almost identical to the previous stretch. The improvement rests with the removal of the wall. After all, there’s never a good wall around when you need one.
To ensure your buttocks stays far enough behind you to remove the stress from your lower back, cross your feet as depicted in the figures to the right.
Execute the rest of the stretch identically to the Traditional Hamstring Stretch.
A simple variation of this stretch is to stand a few feet away from a fence or low support, placing a straightened leg on it at the foot, about waist height. This position is useful when it’s wet outside or you are in the middle of a race or workout and do not wish to lose time sitting down. Both positions are equally effective.