Hamstring Curls

Yup—we’ve got your back! Well, actually, with this exercise we’ve actually got the back of your legs—and we’re helping you to keep them tight, toned and jiggle free, after all, what are friends for?!HamstringCurls

As we used in our recent shoulder exercise we’re back with the resistance band, only this time, as we mentioned, we’re going lower body! All you need for this exercise is your resistance band and a door—it’s a perfect addition to your at home workout routine!

Your hamstrings are actually a group of three muscles that run down the back of your thigh and allow you to bend at the knee. Hamstring strains are common in athletes and casual exercises alike! They can be caused by having quadriceps muscles that are significantly stronger than your hamstring muscles—so it’s important to train evenly! Plus, the added bonus is tight legs—so sign us up!

How to:

  • Place one handle of your resistance band under the bottom of your door and close tightly.
  • The handle should be secured outside your door and the band coming through underneath.
  • Place your right foot securely inside the other handle.
  • It may help to fasten the handle behind your shoe tongue.
  • Now, lay down on your belly, facing away from the door, ideally on a rug or mat rather than a hard floor.
  • To begin, pull your right foot towards your buttocks by bending your knee.
  • Try not to jerk your leg while performing this exercise.
  • Lower your right foot back to starting position—and that’s one!
  • Depending on your resistance band, perform 10-20 reps on each leg.
  • Repeat 3 times!

Hello strong, tight and toned back-of-the-leg (aka hammies—short for hamstrings, of course)!

 

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