4 MAJOR EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN HAMSTRING
Here are 4 exercises to strengthen your hamstrings
Squeeze those hamstrings and tone them with these exercises that can be done from the comfort of your home:
1. Glute bridge
Lie down on your back with knees bent and feet on the mat. Tighten your core and then press into heels and squeeze the glutes to raise your hips upwards, while pushing the upper back into the floor. Hold this position and then return to start to complete 1 repetition.
Don’t forget to engage the core when you’re performing the glute bridge.
2. Donkey kicks
Using a mat, place your hands and knees on top of the mat. Keep your right knee bent at 90 degrees and lift your leg upwards until the thigh is parallel to the floor. Now, return to the start position to complete 1 repetition.
3. Good mornings
Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart and place your hands behind your head. Ensure that your elbows open wide and keep your knees slightly bent, hinge forward at the hips until your chest is almost parallel to the floor. Now, push your hips back while keeping your spine neutral. Finish the 1st repetition by squeezing your hamstrings and glutes to push your hips forward and rise up, returning to the starting position.
4. Staggered deadlift
Standing with your back straight, loop a towel or a resistance band, under your left leg. Hold one end of the band/towel in either hand, and step the right foot back slightly, and lift the heel. Now, push your hips back and lower your chest forward to a 45-degree angle. Reverse the movement to return to the starting position to complete 1 repetition.