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by Taylor Tollison

The butterfly stretch is a commonly used stretch to increase flexibility in the adductor (groin) muscles. It is simple, easy and effective. That might be why it is so widely used.

Muscles Stretched

The butterfly stretch increases flexibility of the adductor muscles. The adductor muscles commonly called the groin are made up of the adductor Brevis, Adductor longer, Adductor Magnus, Adductor Minimus. They are located in the inner thigh area.

How to Perform the Stretch

To perform the Butterfly stretch start by sitting on your buttocks with your knees laid out to the side and the soles of your two feet touching. Pull your feet in closer to your body until you feel a stretch. If that is not enough of a stretch put your elbows on your knees and push gently down on your knees until the stretch is felt. Hold that position for the target alloted time.

Sets/Reps/Sessions Per Week

Sets 1-3

Time 10-30 Seconds

Sessions Per Week  3-6 sessions per week

Stretch Category

Static Stretching