If you can’t remember the last time you hit the leg curl machine or did a deadlift, chances are you’re one of the many everyday athletes who tend to forget about targeting your hamstrings. But if that’s the case, you could be selling your performance short. “The hamstrings, along with the glutes, are known as the ‘powerhouse’ of the lower body,” says Eric Feigl, MS, owner of Eric Feigl Personal Training and the host of the Fitness Candor Podcast. “To maximize lower body strength and minimize low back pain, the hamstrings need to be isolated and worked through a full range of motion.”
But if you don’t have a gym membership, or the thought of lying down on the awkward leg curl machine is enough to make you settle for sub-par performance, there’s good news: you don’t need a machines to hit your hamstrings. Feigl breaks down four other ways to target your hammies to support a powerful, pain-resistant lower body.