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|Subject: ||RE: SPRINTGEEZER: Good Hamstring stretches/strengthening drills?|
To all those recommending deadlifts, squats, cleans, etc., yes, of course those are great, but I consider them to be advanced movements, maybe not so good or safe if the OP is 14 yrs old, or 60 yrs old with a recurring back injury.
I think that ham curls can be valuable even when doing all the big movements.
One thing--I notice lots of people recommending eccentric movements. IMHO these don't translate well to running efficiency; I think the time they require would be better-applied to concentric movements instead (given the right equipment).
Another overlooked ham exercise is running itself, while concentrating on recovery...one can do intervals while making a conscious attempt to particularly use the hams in recovery. It feels strange to start, and you shouldn't work for that "pump" when your heel is at your butt--but you will find a speed, a ROM, and an interval that will work for you, and that will allow you to work the hams very well indeed, with no equipment or workout partner required.
But be careful doing this, don't go overboard (of course). Ham injuries suck. Been there, done that--and they ALL occurred during periods in which I was not paying enough attention to ham work in the gym. That's why I'm such a big advocate of ham work.
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