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How do I get my hamstrings sore?

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:26 pm
by clank72
I do lunges and squats, but not THAT many squats because of my bad knee.

My quads and ass are always on fire but my hams feel so numb. Should I switch to some machines that target that area or is there another workout?

Re: How do I get my hamstrings sore?

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:20 pm
by BeansNBroccoli
My favorite ways to hit the hamstrings are either a straight legged deadlift, or hip thrusts. The deadlifts are a lot more comfortable to load, for me, so I stick with those unless I'm trying to add in a little variety. I find them to be much more effective than hitting the machines.

Re: How do I get my hamstrings sore?

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:38 pm
by HIT Rob
clank72 wrote:I do lunges and squats, but not THAT many squats because of my bad knee.

My quads and ass are always on fire but my hams feel so numb. Should I switch to some machines that target that area or is there another workout?


Hi Clank,

I would recommend a seated leg curl machine, the lying and standing version's can be awkward. Yes, the hamstrings are engaged in movements such as squats, lunges, back extension's and stiff legged deadlifts, however you can not achieve a full contraction with these movements.

Re: How do I get my hamstrings sore?

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:01 pm
by clank72
Thanks to both of you for the suggestions. I will try this.

Re: How do I get my hamstrings sore?

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:27 pm
by esqinchi
I've always found that Bulgarian Split Squats, and Stability Ball Hamstring Curls rock my hamstrings... Similar to the hamstring curl machine, the use of the stability ball engages the hamstring, but also the core, glute, and lower back. Here's a video. Skip to 0:41, because this idiot takes forever to explain what is painfully obvious. You can also do these on the TRX, or other suspension trainer. Those really kill!


Re: How do I get my hamstrings sore?

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:45 pm
by maybenot
I second B&B`s opinion, nothing hits my hamstrings like a heavy deadlift.

Re: How do I get my hamstrings sore?

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:39 pm
by Think_machine
Glute-Ham raises without a doubt. I have yet to meet one person who can do one rep without assistance.

Re: How do I get my hamstrings sore?

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:44 pm
by BeansNBroccoli
I agree that glute ham raises are an excellent way to hit your hammies, but I think plenty of people can completely them without assistance :) don't be frightened off by that, go for it!