The general population is spending more and more time in sedentary jobs/positions, sitting down hunched over a computer/desk for hours on end. This is leading to poor posture, structural imbalances, compromised movement patterns and eventually pain. The hamstrings and glute’s are body’s primary movers, in addition to giving great aesthetics. Therefore, this article will focus on the posterior chain -opening the front of the body whilst strengthening the back of the body. Weight training can be such an efficient and versatile training modality – you can use it to increase strength, build lean muscle, enhance the power to weight ratio, activate key stabilizers and improve dynamic mobility. This article will demonstrate 4 fundamental lower body exercises.
Hamstring exercises should be a staple in every person’s training program. However, you don’t have to feel limited to the traditional and boring standing hamstrings stretch and leg curls. In this article, you’ll find hamstring warm up and strengthening exercises that are not your average exercises.
Have you ever strained your hamstring before? You’re not alone! Hamstring strain injuries are among the most common acute musculoskeletal injury in the United States. Athletes who participate in track and field, soccer, and football are especially prone to these injuries given the sprinting demands of these sports. One study found that over a 10-year span in the NFL, the occurrence of hamstring strains was second only to knee sprains. The average number of days lost for athletes with hamstring strains ranged anywhere from 8 to 25 days, which equated to missing up to 4 NFL games or 25% of the season. Even more concerning is that hamstring re-injury rates are extremely high, especially during the first 2 weeks after return to sport. In fact, over 1/3 of hamstring injuries will reoccur during this time.