The client will start by spreading their feet apart until they have reached a slightly stretched position. While keeping a straight back, the client will hinge forward until they can grab their ankles and hold a stretched position.
The client may not have the flexibility to get their body in between their legs. To scale this, they may grab higher on the ankle or calf, or they can perform this in front of an object that may help them pull themselves into a deeper stretched position.
The purpose is to gain flexibility in the hamstrings while in a straddle position. Many gymnastics movement require a great amount of flexibility, so static flexibility work is needed to achieve higher quality movements.
For most clients, this movement should be done after all other exercises are over, during the cool down. Static stretching is not recommended before heavy lifting, or powerful exercises. However, for clients who are only focusing on gymnastic movements, this may be used in the warm up.
Variations include Seated Straddle Static Hold, Standing Pike Static Hold, and Seated Pike Static Hold.