If you’re like most metal movers, muscle groups like biceps, back, and chest get all the love, leaving your legs a tad neglected. We’re not suggesting you blow ’em up to the size of tree trunks—or maybe we are—but either way, you’ll benefit from hitting your legs with the best hamstring exercises of all time.
“Hamstrings are typically a vulnerable area for strains and tears, especially in training, running, and sport performance,” says Matthew Ibrahim, C.S.C.S., a strength coach and human performance coordinator for TD Athletes Edge. Just as the quads comprise the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, and vastus intermedius, the hamstrings are made up of four muscles: long head of the biceps femoris, short head of the biceps femoris, semitendinosus, and semimembranosus.
“Building a robust backside reduces the likelihood of injury and boosts overall performance—though it takes time, consistency, and a lot of repetition.” As such, you want to program lower body exercises that strengthen each hamstring and hip flexor unilaterally. They’re arguably the most important groups of muscles, because they ensure mobility and stability, as well as safeguarding the knees, hips, and low back.
From kettlebell swings to Romanian deadlifts to leg curls, add these killer hamstring exercises into your next legs-day routine and watch your hamstrings grow. Then give our other body part-specific exercises a go.
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