IT Band Stretch




Equipment Needed:

No Equipment

Workout type:

Low Impact, Warm Up/Cool Down, Yoga/Stretching/Flexibility

Body focus:


Stand with your right side at arms length to a wall for support. Cross your left leg over your right leg at the ankle. Extend your left arm over your head, reaching toward your right side. Once you feel it along your left hip hold that position 20 to 45 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.

Purpose of the exercise

Iliotibial or IT Band Stretching is essential for anyone who does a lot of running as a tight IT is a common issue with many runners. The IT is a band of tissue that runs along the outside of your hip, thigh, and knee. When it becomes too tight it can cause pain in the hip and outer knee. Adding this simple move to a regular cool down routine will help alleviate and/or prevent the pain associated with this tissue becoming overly tight.


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