How to Train Your Hamstrings
By Shane Piccolo, Trainer at Lakeview Health Wellness Center
Continuing down the back of the leg from last week’s edition of Muscle Mondays, we stop at the “hamstrings”. The “hamstrings” is a group of muscles that work with the glutes to extend the hip, and work as a single group to flex the knee because they insert on the tibia and fibula of the lower leg. Making up this muscle group are the semimembranosus, semitendinosus and the biceps femoris. Biceps means “two heads” so there is the long and short head of the biceps femoris. Common issues with the hamstrings include tightness due to prolonged sitting and lack of stretching. These muscles can also be weak due to improper focus during workouts. Being both tight and weak can lead to problems associated with lower back pain. This is due to the origin being located on the pelvis as opposed to the only the femur. This week’s video we will tackle recommended stretches and tips on how to train effectively to increase the strength and flexibility of your hamstrings. Follow up with the video below for demonstrations and explanations for training these muscles.
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