Hamstrings are the quadriceps antagonist muscles, which allow flexion of the leg. In this article, all the tips, exercises and programs to strengthen the hamstrings are explained.
The hamstrings are among the leg muscles most often “forgotten” in bodybuilding. Indeed, what is the point of training the hamstrings, a leg muscle still less visible than the quadriceps? As well as the calves, so is the great neglected training of the legs.
This kind of reasoning usually leads to unbalanced practitioners’ physiques with a well-developed upper body and ridiculously thin legs and no strength at all.
But the problem is that even if we can find ugly not to have a calf, it does not really make a difference from a health point of view. But on the other hand, having no hamstrings can cause injuries in the medium term!
The hamstrings are massive and powerful muscles, which take an important part in the size of the thighs. Forgetting their development is actually sacrificing balance between two of the body’s larger muscles. The quadriceps balance hamstring is very important not only aesthetically, but also in terms of joint health. Indeed, if the quadriceps are too strong compared to the hamstrings, it creates tensions in the knee.
In the medium term, these tensions will unbalance your knee which will be more easily subject to injury during other sports, and you also run a risk of increased tendonitis. And think of one thing: when you have knee tendinitis it’s very disabling and time-consuming to heal.
So work your hamstings and quadriceps with such intensity, but do not work the quadriceps without doing the hamstings. It’s better not to do either than just beef up one of the two.
In this issue, we offer you all the keys to strengthen your hamstrings, anatomical explanations (to better understand how these muscles work), the study of the best bodybuilding exercises (with performance tips, because most hamstring muscles exercises involve the pelvis and lumbar, so they are not to be taken lightly), but also several training programs, to include in your workout of the thighs , to muscle effectively this muscle group.
Also beware of the most common errors that can be found on the hamstring training: you would then risk injuries at the bottom of the spine. A good job of the hamstrings can strengthen your entire posterior chain (thus the hamstrings, lumbar and overall your entire back), improve your posture, and stabilize your knee, but a bad one can instead increase the risk of injury in the same areas.
So at least, even if you do not want to train your hamstrings for aesthetic reasons, consider training them from a health point of view and injury prevention!