Are Your Hamstrings Lagging

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The hamstrings are a group of muscles and their tendons at the rear of the upper leg. They include the biceps femoris(long & short head), semitendinosus, and semimembranosus. The hamstrings flex the knee joint and extend the thigh to the backside of the body. They are used in walking, running, and many other physical activities.

Next time your training you hammies either on the lying or seated leg curls try turning your feet as you are curling. Point the toes slightly outward and the emphasis will shift to the biceps femoris(long & short head) or turn the toes slightly inward and the emphasis shifts to the semitendinosus.

HOW TO:

Adjust the machine lever to fit your height and lie face down on the leg curl machine with the pad of the lever on the back of your legs (just a few inches under the calves).

Tip: Preferably use a leg curl machine that is angled as opposed to flat since an angled position is more favorable for hamstrings recruitment.

Keeping the torso flat on the bench, ensure your legs are fully stretched and grab the side handles of the machine. Position your toes straight (or you can also use any of the other two stances described on the foot positioning section). This will be your starting position.

As you exhale, curl your legs up as far as possible without lifting the upper legs from the pad. Once you hit the fully contracted position, hold it for a second.

As you inhale, bring the legs back to the initial position. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

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