Your Hamstrings are a large muscle group of 3 muscles on the back of your thigh. Tight Hamstrings can cause a host of problems from Hip & Low Back Pain to Tightness in the Knee. Get to Know Your Hamstrings.
So, what is the path to HEALING YOUR HAMSTRINGS?
First you need to MOVE them. Yes, not stretch first but MOVE them.
Why do we MOVE them first?
We need the movement to bring in the blood flow and nutrients.
You wouldn’t want to tug and pull on a dry rubber band and expect good results, right?
This is exactly why in yoga class we start with warming up the muscles with strength postures to fire up a muscle before we get into a deep stretch.
5 Exercise to MOVE YOUR HAMSTRINGS
- Dead Lift – Can be completed with weight, but is not a requirement. The big trick is to have the chest & collar bone open. So, you might try this: wooden rod or weighted bar at the back of the shoulders. *Keep the legs straight but not locked.
- Sumo Deadlifts – Keep the back straight and get a double muscle workout with this glute and hamstring workout. (Both of these Deadlift exercises 1 &2 with also help with low back strength and back health). Again, you can use minimal weight or a weighted bar.
- Hamstring Curl (Machine)
- Glute Bridge – Laying on the floor push the hips up – be sure to Squeeze the glutes and hamstrings at the top of your bridge.
- Lunges – Keep the alignment of Shoulders over hips, bottom knee under the hip.