How: Perform a yoga downward dog. Reach your left leg back like you are trying to touch the area where the wall and floor behind you meet. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
Why: This helps target the standing side hamstring and calf, as well as helping with straight knees. Judges look for straight knees when evaluating your kick and leap technique.
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