While it’s good to work muscle groups in combinations, sometimes you may want to target a specific muscle.
Hamstring exercises can be tricky because it’s very important to ensure you’re using proper form to avoid injuries. We’ve put together some thoughts on great exercises for the hamstrings to increase strength, and included tips on how they can improve performance in other fitness endeavors.
Best Hamstring Exercise #1 – DB Romanian Deadlift
While many exercises involve the hamstrings, the dumbbell Romanian Deadlift (RDL) can target the hamstrings very well. I find the dumbbell RDL is safer than with a barbell because you can have more control over the position of the weight as you lower it down. I don’t have this exercise in the BuiltLean Program because I think it’s too dangerous either unsupervised, or if someone doesn’t have the proper hip flexibility. It’s a relatively higher risk, high reward type of exercise. RDL’s are a favorite for sprinters because it can help improve sprint speed and performance. If you know a qualified fitness professional who can assess your form to make sure you are keeping your back flat and hinging your hips properly, then go for it.
– Marc Perry ,CSCS, CPT
Best Hamstring Exercise Strength #2 – Kettlebell Swings
Kettlebell swings! This move targets the glutes and hamstrings. It builds power and strength, and is a killer way to get some cardio into your workout. It’s an all-in-one exercise that offers so many benefits.