Show your muscles some loving.
Finishing an intense, you-just-made-your-muscles-cry-workout is great. But you know what’s better? Stretching it out when you’re done. When you push your body to the limit you need to make sure you’re giving it time to recover and restore, too. That’s why a good stretch session (plus regular foam rolling) will help keep your muscles in tip-top shape. And there are a lot of easy stretches you can do to ensure you never have a problem slaying a butt-busting routine.
Known for her extremely intense workouts, Australian trainer Kayla Itsines understands this better than anyone. In a recent Facebook Live video, Itsines demonstrated a few of her go-to stretches for your lower body, while her business partner and boyfriend, Tobi Pearce, narrated the moves and answered questions from followers.
The entire routine is easy to do anywhere, whether that’s at home in your living room, or at the gym. The first half of the video is all about the lower body. She begins by stretching her hamstrings and glutes then moves onto her hip flexors. And everything looks like it would feel amazing.
In the second half of the video she demonstrates how to properly use a foam roller (because you know you’ve always wondered if you’re actually doing it right). As she rolls, Pierce also explains the difference between foam rolling and stretching. “Stretching is great for circulation and increasing flexibility, foam rolling is really good at reducing tension in specific areas,” he says. One big takeaway: Keep breathing! Check out the full 15-minute video below for all her helpful tips.