Should You Stretch Your Hamstrings?

Should you stretch your hamstrings? Generally, I say “probably not”. In this post, I am going to explain why stretching the hamstrings is often not advisable.  I’m going to focus on the left hamstring and approach the matter from the perspective of Postural Restoration. What does the hamstring do? What is little appreciated about the […]

Split Squat and Knee Pain

The split squat is the basic single leg exercise. In my estimation, it is the single leg movement that should be taught first, before any type of lunging exercise. Split Squat Problems A couple problems become evident immediately when a trainee struggles to perform them. 1. Unfamiliarity. If a trainee is unfamiliar with the movement, […]

The Trap Bar Deadlift

Here are two versions of the trap bar deadlift. The only difference between the two videos is the starting position of the hips. Hip Dominant Exercises Any time an exercise is labeled hip dominant, it means that the movement involves the muscles that extend the hip (brings them forward), primarily the glutes and hamstrings. The […]

Stability Ball Leg Curl

The stability ball leg curl is a great exercise to build strength throughout the upper back, core, glutes, and hamstrings. In the video below, I show both a leg curl and a glute thrust, which are actually two different exercises. How to Perform the Stability Ball Leg Curl – Keep your feet pointed towards your […]

Single Leg Romanian Deadlift.

The single leg Romanian deadlift is a great exercise for glute and hamstring development. It also happens to be one of the more difficult exercises to teach and perform correctly for the following reasons: – It takes good balance. – You have to be able to hinge at the hip. Many people have a hard […]

Random Thoughts on 9/21/2010

1. I read an article in the New York Times which talked about a new study that found exercise can make kids smarter. If you read it, many of the commenters point out the relative weaknesses of the study. There may be some truth to the idea that exercise makes you smarter, but I clearly […]

How to prevent hamstring injuries in soccer players

Intrinsic risk factors for hamstring injuries among male soccer players: a prospective cohort study. Engebretsen AH, Myklebust G, Holme I, Engebretsen L, Bahr R. Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo, Norway. Anders.Engebretsen@nih.no CONCLUSION: In a multivariate analysis, previous acute hamstring injury was found to be a significant risk […]