Hamstring Stretch

When somebody reads about Fitness and workouts, the hamstrings are often mentioned. But many do not know exactly what the hamstrings are, where they are and why it is important to pay attention to them during exercise. This article takes a look at the hamstrings and how to properly stretch them. This article will show you a number of ways you can train the hamstrings. We also discuss the most common mistakes made when training the hamstrings, including some myths and untruths.

What are the hamstrings exactly?

The hamstrings themselves are a powerful and explosive muscle that deserves a closer look. The hamstrings are tendons at the back of the thighs that attach the large thigh muscle to the bone. The term “hamstring” also refers to the group of 3 muscles that run along the back of your thigh, from your hip to just below your knee. You use your hamstrings to walk, climb stairs, do squats and perform many other leg movements. Hamstring injuries are the most common sports injury.

Because people use their hamstrings in everyday movements, it is important to keep these muscles loose.
Stretching will help people avoid strains and muscle tears.

Hamstring stretches will help keep the muscles flexible and mobile. These stretches should not cause pain. A person
should only stretch until there is mild to moderate tension. Flexibility will improve over time, and people should avoid overstretching, as this can cause injury.

Benefits of hamstring stretches

Hamstring stretches can keep the hamstrings loose and flexible. Flexible hamstrings have many benefits, such as:

  1. Preventing lower back pain
    Tight hamstrings reduce the mobility of the pelvis, which can put pressure on the lower back. Strengthening and stretching the hamstrings can prevent them from becoming too tight and provide extra support for the back and pelvis.
  2. Increasing flexibility
    Hamstring stretches can increase flexibility and improve the range of motion in the hip. Both of these benefits will help people perform daily tasks, such as walking upstairs and bending over, with ease.

    Common mistakes

    These are the most commonly made mistakes when training Hamstrings

    Not Focusing on Each Side Individually

    If you train your arms you will probably regularly focus on 1 arm separately. When it comes to leg exercises, we regularly see that there is no focus on training one leg separately.

    When training the hamstrings, it has been proven that a few leg exercises with the focus on one leg can increase the focus and effectiveness of the hamstring.

    Going too heavy

    Using too much weight when training the hamstrings is asking for injuries. Not the amount of weight but the proper execution of the movements and rep quality is paramount for productive hamstring training.

    Hamstring exercises

    A few suggestions for training the Hamstrings are:

    • Romanian deadlifts
    • Bulgarian Split Squats
    • Lying Leg Curls
    • Kettlebell Swings
    • Back Squat