Here’s a little known fact (judging from the number of people we see trying to stretch their hamstrings by reaching, in vain, for their toes): unless you’re already flexible enough to grab your toes and pull yourself down, a forward bend isn’t going to do that much for you and your hamstrings.
What will help is a progressive, three-part hamstring stretch. Luckily for you, we’ve got one of those right here. It’s designed to isolate your hamstrings, so you can get to them, stretch them, and deepen that stretch. Tight hamstrings can lead to all kinds of problems, including lower back problems, and they can limit your form and performance in other sports—and that sucks. Don’t let your hamstrings limit you. Lengthen them instead.