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What's the verdict from the physio, Simon? Forgot to mention that I watched your vid link (and others in the series) Although I don't totally dismiss the value of "traditional" stretching I've used these functional movement patterns and facilitated active stretching myself over the years.

I too am basically a tight hammies and calf person (can't blame it on swimming)....to the extent that I had a very flat back, no lordosis in my spine and no arse. The solution didn't come along until a training workshop in my very early days as a fitness instructor. There were 2 other gals who were runners I got talking to...one a dancer by training and one a chiropractor. I commented on their great posture and complained about mine and the chiro said she could fix that. And she did.....she spent a good hour teaching me how to do a proper squat! All the buildup like a proper hip hinge, wall squats etc. Just a few weeks later my husband commented....and thought I was actually forcing the posture. Freeing up some spine and muscle flexibility by just practising these squats gave me a "normal" back alignment without me even being aware. At around the age of 50!!

RDLs, squats. good mornings etc are so useful if done correctly (IF!) as they're a diagnostic for a tight posterior chain AND a remedy!

Thanks for the reminder!
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