Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Strengthen Hamstrings With This Advanced Exercise

The Russian (or Kneeling) Hamstring Curl is an advanced strength exercise for the hamstrings. There are few injuries as bothersome and harder to recover from than hamstring injuries. Prevention of hamstring injuries is the best solution. Similarly, weak hamstrings can lead to other serious injuries.

1. Start with your upper body in a vertical position. This movement should be controlled and smooth.

2. Move your upper body as far down as possible.

3. Move your upper body back to vertical. That is one repetition.

You can also execute the Russian Hamstring Curl with the assistance of a partner holding down your feet.

Also, try these flexibility and strength exercises for your hamstrings:

Hamstring Flexibility - walking lunges, resistance band eccentric stretch and static stretch (static stretch should be done after workout or game).

Hamstring Strength - lying or standing hamstring machine curl, deadlift and good morning exercise (with or without weights).

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