March 29, 2012The hamstrings are a critical part of your overall body strength, and they can be the Achilles heel of strength-speed athletes. It happens too often. An athelete is sprinting to the ball during a soccer game when suddenly her hamstrings simply give out! She might have had strong hamstrings, but they were out of balance with her stronger quad muscles, which contributes to their failure when she turns on the afterburners going after me ball! Hamstring muscles flex the knee and straighten or extend the hip. They are not particularly active with normal walking or standing, but are extremely important in power activities such as running, jumping, and climbing. One of me most effective ways to build hamstring strength is by doing squats and developing an effective squat workout program is key. You should also practice hamstring strengthening exercises like leg curls and stiff leg lifts. This will help make sure the hams stay in balance with more powerful quads and glutes!
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