How to Stretch Your Groin

Sometimes called the frog, this groin stretch can prevent injuries from athletic leaping and bounding. Or hip-hopping, if that's your thing.

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Before you work out, warm up your muscles with the stretches demonstrated in these Howcast videos; they'll keep sprains and cramps at bay.

You Will Need

  • Comfortable clothing
  • A place to sit

Steps

  1. If you have been inactive for a length of time, or if you've had any recent surgery or physical problems, particularly of the muscles and joints, please consult your doctor before you start a stretching or exercise program.

  2. Step 1

    Sit & pull feet together

    Sit down on the floor and pull your feet together a comfortable distance in front of your groin with the soles pressed against one another.

  3. Step 2

    Grab ankles

    Grab a hold of your ankles so that your forearms are touching the insides of your calves and your elbows are touching the insides of your thighs.

  4. Step 3

    Contract groin

    Contract your groin muscle by pushing your legs up against your elbows for 5 seconds.

  5. Step 4

    Relax & repeat

    Relax your leg muscles and push your knees down with your elbows for 10 seconds. Repeat this 3-5 times.

  6. You can lean forward a bit from your hips—but be sure you're not bending your spine or rounding your shoulders.

  7. Step 5

    Release stretch

    Release the stretch slowly and gently. You're a real prince.

  8. Frogs stretch too, but they do it to cast off old skin—and then they eat the shed membrane.

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