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Can tight hip flexors cause tight hamstrings?

Today I noticed that when I sit like this: My left leg goes comfortably all the way down, but my right leg won't. It won't go down past 45 degrees unless stretched. Does this mean that the right hip ...
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Nordic Hamstring Curls (without bending arms)

I have quite a unique problem, in that I'm struggling to rehab my lower hamstring tendinopathy because of a tendinopathy in my elbow (tricep). The physio prescribed me eccentric / Nordic Hamstring ...
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Train hamstrings unilateral?

In my opinion, it's pretty much like common sense that it can be quite effective to not only train bilateral (Squats, Bench Press, Bent over Rows, Deadlifts) but also unilateral (Split Squats, DB ...
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How do Romanian Deadlifts target the hamstrings?

So basically what I'm wondering is if they are purely an eccentric exercise in terms of hamstrings... if I'm not mistaken, it is the glutes which handle the concentric part? I got diagnosed with ...
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Stallion, on floor with barbell and band

Stallion is an exercise proposed by Bret Contreras a PhD in sport science I recently learned about The Stallion from freakishly strong powerlifter Chris Duffin, who at a bodyweight of 220 has ...
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Is cycling good or bad for lumbar hyperlordosis?

From Wikipedia about Lumbar hyperlordosis: Commonly known as swayback, it is common in dancers. Imbalances in muscle strength and length are also a cause, such as weak hamstrings, or tight hip ...
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Machine Leg Curl vs Glute-Ham-Raise

Often when arguing about the Leg Curl Machine being bad (eg. hurt your knees in many cases), people refer to the Glute-Ham-Raise as a way better (less harmful) alternative. To me, the movements of ...
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Steel hamstrings

My hamstrings have always been incredibly tight. Since I have memories, never been able to raise a straight leg at more than 30-45° from the ground. Can't do any L-sit,leg raises, romenian deadlift ...
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I can't figure out which muscle is weakest/tight

So I'm a female, age 26, height about 5'5', weight about 116-119 pounds, no medical conditions, no medication, was active in sports and regular exercise from age 11-16. I have a few problems which ...
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Movement for Good Morning vs. RDL

I'm rehabbing a pulled hamstring, so I'm doing weight lifting for the first time, on the instructions of the physio. She has me doing both "Good Mornings" and "Romanian Deadlifts". It seems like the ...
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Hamstring isolation exercises

So I've had my ACL reconstructed using hamstring tendon graft. I have done physiotherapy course with a doctor which restored ROM and quads control. However apparently the initial injury itself has ...
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Can posture braces help strengthen muscles?

Lately I have been trying to correct my bad posture (curved shoulders and anterior pelvic tilt). Among all the possible solutions I found, the most common were the stretches and other exercises to ...
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Lunge - Deep painful stretch in Hamstrings

Lately I have been trying out some new excercises to train my legs. One of which is the Lunge. Now I noticed that when doing them without weight, I had no problem at all. But when I took about 10kg ...
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Exercise that loads hamstring whilst reaching its peak ROM?

I've recently realised that I have very tight hamstrings - when lying flat on the ground, I can only lift each leg around 75 degrees off the floor when doing this: Though I'm keeping my legs straight,...
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Bend knees when stretching hamstrings?

whenever i do the straight leg hamstring stretches i only seem to feel it behind my knees and not in the upper hamstring area. It doesn't feel good stretching like this, and if i stretch too much with ...
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Gaining internal hip rotation good for touching toes?

My problem is tight or rather too stretched hamstrings, so i'm trying to solve this problem. Hamstring stretches make me feel unstable so i think they are tight already. I HAVE A KNOT LEFT LOWER BACK ...
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severe pain after squats

I usually walk 5 km everyday and suddenly thought of doing squats without any warm up. I did 20 repetitions, 2 times, and never felt any pain at all. In the evening, I felt stiffness, but then, I was ...
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hamstring pull when bench pressing

I was doing a 4RM on my bench press today, and on the last one (it felt like) it was moving about 1cm/hour. I got it up, but I felt my foot come off the floor and I pulled my hamstring. The hamstring ...
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Leg curl (hamstrings) machine - legs wide or narrow? Or both?

I've been using the leg curl machine recently, and I am wondering if how far apart one's legs are makes a difference to the exercise. Usually my feet are regular squat-width apart (shoulder width). ...
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Chronic Hamstring Problem

I play soccer once or twice a week and always seem to pull my hamstring once or twice a season. This has been happening for years. Even when I was in college and in shape I was struggling with this. ...
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What are some free weight exercises to isolate hamstrings?

We have tons of squat variations to work the quadriceps and glutes, but I've never seen a free weight exercise to really work the hamstrings. It seems like hamstring isolation is only possible on a ...
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adductor / hamstring weirdness in the bottom of squat

I've been squatting for several years and have done regional level competitions and some quasi-formal training and coaching. Normally I can get any additional answers I need from other fitness friends ...
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Is it common to have one sore hangstring / IT band?

I've been running for years and only my left IT band has been sore lately. No recent injuries (rolled my last ankle something good 7 months ago) and haven't added any additional mileage lately. I ...
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Could these symptoms be of a pulled hamstring? [closed]

This morning (Thursday) I was running intervals on the treadmill, 4 minutes running - 1 minute walking, and I did them just a little faster than I usually do them. At the fourth interval I started ...
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touching toes without bending knees exercises

i've never been able to touch my toes without bending my knees. from the research that i've done, i believe that improved flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back is the best way to reach this ...
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Does cycling tighten hamstrings?

I've always been unable to touch my toes. This is becoming increasingly problematic for my yoga. Of course focusing on stretching my hamstrings helps and I'm making progress but I'm concerned that my ...
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Lower back pain during heavy squats

Doing squats with a light weight (25% of max) I find no problem, but once I go to 50% of max (barbell i.e. not in a smith machine) and get to my third set of 20, I feel a dull pain in my lower back at ...
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Next to no glute / hamstring activation when squatting

What to do? Even when squatting without weight, I just feel like the quads are doing 99.8% of the work. Lately I've been having some discomfort while squatting with higher weights. Is there a way to ...
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Hamstring injury - has it healed? [closed]

While playing squash 4 weeks ago, I made a false step and felt a snap in my hamstring. There was no immediate pain associated to it. However, when it cooled down, it made me limp a bit. From what I ...
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Hamstrings and running intervals

I've started doing some running intervals/speedwork and notice that my hamstrings get pretty sore afterwards. I do some off-day stretching, although I probably could do more. Should I push ahead and ...
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How important is it that a person be able to touch their toes?

For as long as I can remember, I've heard the question "can you touch your toes?" asked by people trying to ascertain another person's physical fitness. I've grown up thinking that being able to touch ...
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How to loosen up the hamstring?

I have a very hard hamstring. I can stretch my hamstring to a good extent, i.e., touch the floor without bending the knees with my knuckles but not beyond that. At that stretch point, I feel a stone-...
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What bodyweight exercises are good to train the hamstrings?

I'm aware of the following exercises, and I'd like more options: Bodyweight squats (esp. with a raised heel in the lower position) - seems to put far more effort onto the front tigh muscles, so I don'...
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I'm rather flexible, how should I stretch my hamstrings?

When I'm standing I can have my hands flat on the floor and not feel much of a stretch in my hamstrings. Currently I've been lying on my back, and with one leg straight out in front, pull the other ...