This exercise is often used to isolate the buttock musculature. Keeping the knee straight increases the demand on both the buttock and muscles on the back of the thigh. This exercise will also stretch the muscles on the front of the thigh to ensure they stay flexible. People who spend long periods sitting tend to have decreased buttock muscle strength which may lead to lower extremity pain and injury. Furthermore, older individuals often have extreme tightness on the front of their hips and thighs which may lead to a hunched over standing and walking postures.
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