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Subject: RE: SPRINTGEEZER: Good Hamstring stretches/strengthening drills?
Don't forget the eccentric component of strengthening the hamstrings.
With weight machine, curl up with both legs but let down with just one, control the let down too. You'll need less weight for this than you are using with the double leg curl. The hamstring being stretched while resisting - eccentric.
Excellent alternative, use a 22 inch Pilates ball, lie on back, legs straight, put heels on top of ball. Bridge (push hips up but not a wrestling bridge) hold for 5 seconds, lower hips to floor, repeat 10-20 times.
Second exercise: same bridge position, then raise one leg 4-6" off the ball while in bridge, lower leg back to ball, alternate other leg, do not return hips to floor until completed 10-20.
Third: from bridge position roll ball back towards butt then back to straight leg again, maintaining bridge with hips at least 4-6" off floor entire time. 10-20 reps. This last one is good for eccentric work when you extend your legs back to straight - the hams are holding you up while lengthening each time.
Of course stretching is important as others have mentioned. Let us know how you fare with any of these. Good health to you!
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