Stretching should be a part of every single one of your workouts. Sound like too much work? It’s really not! I stretch for around 10 minutes after every workout. Just 10 minutes out of your day will make such a difference.

So why should you stretch? Well the best benefit for me is that it helps with recover and reduces muscle soreness for the next few days. It also help elongate your muscles, reduce your risk of injury, improve your range of motion (so you can perform better exercises such as a deeper squat) and improve your posture, just to name a few. I don’t do much flexibility training or yoga and I have a really high level of flexibility, just from 10 minutes of stretching after my workouts. So get stretching!

Here are some of my favourite stretches that I do after every workout. Obviously if I’ve just done a legs workout or a run, I won’t stretch my upper body (and vice versa). Hold each exercise for 20 seconds and repeat each exercise twice.





for the more advanced




you can also do this one standing up

Hip flexor



looks a bit weird, but it works!





Upper back


Lower back


Another great stretch I love to do after an upper body workout, is to just hang from the chin up bars. It feels so good! And helps improve your grip strength!

Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

6 Responses

  1. Hi Rachael! I was quite confused and decided to ask you whether it’s true that stretching after doing workouts that may cause bulk in thighs such as lunges, burpees, squats shall not cause bulk.

    1. Hi lovely! It’s true that we recommend stretching right after your workouts because this will help relieve muscle tension and soreness. However, if your legs get bulky easily and you want to avoid building more muscle, the best exercises to avoid are those where you can feel your quads burning. This includes squats, deadlifts, lunges, and overdoing it on the HIIT exercises including burpees, jump lunges, jump squats and box jumps.

      Also, you can check out our Lean Legs Program which is designed to help you get slim and toned legs without causing any unwanted bulkiness. If you have any questions, you may reach out to us at :)

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