What you Don't See: Hamstrings
When we think about working our legs or building our booty, we often overlook our hamstrings. We focus so much on our quads and glutes that we forget our hamstrings. Although there may not be a big visual difference at first, the benefit of strengthening your hamstrings is key. Beyond the visual difference of underdeveloped hamstrings, there are a few thing that are key when looking at the function of the hamstrings. Strong hamstrings are a big helper with knee stability. It helps with stability and shock absorption when we run or jump. Increased strength in our hamstrings will also help us with achieving better depth in our squats.
Working your hamstrings isn’t something you want to do at every workout. One great workout a week is enough to start seeing results. On leg day work your hamstrings first. Don’t leave them for the end. This means you’ll actually work them, but also that you’ll have a good amount of active time to get them stretched out while you’re doing quads and glutes. Which will help you the next day.
So what can you do to build them? Leg curls. Alternating between seated and lying leg curls will help work the hamstrings differently. Romanian Deadlifts are a great way to isolate your hamstrings, but don’t confuse it with a stiff leg deadlift.
And Bulgarian split squats are an awesome way to work your hamstrings, but also your core and balance as well, especially if you put your back leg on a Bosu. Watch the video below to be sure you’re doing it correctly! Make sure you keep your knee above your ankle on your front foot, it will help really work those hamstrings.