Work your legs in a fresh new way, time to get ready for the summer dress season! Killa hamstrings, yes please…
If you’re anything like me you’re probably tired of the same leg exercises. Many of us will dedicated a good portion of our workouts fixated on everything below the waist just so we can strut confidently in our minis but these regular leg routines are providing minimal return – wack!
I’ve discovered a fantastic alternative targeting your hamstrings that I think is a real winner. An added bonus to this exercise is that it also targets the abdominal muscles so you get a nice core workout as well as build strength in those hamstrings. Yup, that’s a win, win!
Say hello to the Hamstring Curl – Grab your ball!
Lie on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and your heels resting on ball and your hips raised off the ground. Keep your hands resting flat at your sides (A).
Motion is (B). Roll the ball on your heels and try to get it as close to your glutes as possible without letting your hips and but drop down.
I’m doing four sets of 15 reps.
If you’re wanting to step it up a notch try isolating each leg and begin curling as you would above (refer to images below). Remember to keep your core muscles tight and keep those hips raised in the air (common mistake is that our hips tend to sink – no, wrong, push them up towards the sky!).
This move will bring more emphasis to your core because you’ll work harder to maintain balance as well as strengthening your hamstrings.
OK smarty pants …for an even more added intensity, try crossing your arms over your chest – you are left no choice but to balance with your upper body again targeting your core. It is said that this exercise helps strengthen the muscles around your knees which ultimately helps prevent knee injuries.