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severe pain after squats

What you are feeling is normal. Any time you do a new exercise, or even an old exercise in a new way, you will be pushing your muscles past the point where they are comfortable and making them sore. ...
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severe pain after squats

I primarily agree with Sparafusile. DOMS is pretty normal, especially for those impulse exercise sessions where you haven't warmed up, or haven't done the exercise before. Over the counter painkillers ...
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Looking for a replacement excercise for hamstring curl/glute ham raise

The barbell hip thrust is legitimately an amazing exercise for the glutes. I highly recommend you look into that, and try to get accustomed to it. As for hamstrings, one of my favorite exercises is ...
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I can't figure out which muscle is weakest/tight

I'd highly recommend seeing a local Physical Therapist. A full evaluation is required to properly diagnosis and plan a corrective exercise regimen based on your unique situation. I've included ...
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Looking for a replacement excercise for hamstring curl/glute ham raise

I've performed natural glute ham raises as a substitute. They're like GHRs but with a fall/push-up at the end. When I first did them I had a partner holding my ankles but after that, I also had to get ...
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Movement for Good Morning vs. RDL

Romanian deadlifts and good mornings are both hinge patterns, however there are some major differences. Such as the lever action in relation to where the load is placed. A true good morning is a ...
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Is cycling good or bad for lumbar hyperlordosis?

I wouldn't say that cycling is "bad" for your health. There's solid research that cycling can fix a bum knee, as an example: It is suggested that cycling might be a useful exercise in the ...
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Bend knees when stretching hamstrings?

This issue is pretty close to my heart, as I once had some minor back pain which was caused namely by tight hamstrings. And I felt the same way you do, that the straight leg, lean forward stretch wasn'...
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What are some free weight exercises to isolate hamstrings?

OP: the hamstring doesn't just bend the knee. That's the function at the knee insertion. However, the hamstring ALSO acts as a hip extensor along with the glute maximus. Hence why RDL/Straight-Leg ...
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Is it common to have one sore hangstring / IT band?

I know that my most frequent running injury was my right hip. Never had a problem with my left side at all. I think you usually end up injuring one side early in life, then compensate or lose ...
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touching toes without bending knees exercises

The best stretch I've found for the posterior chain (touching your toes) is a dynamic stretch called the flexibility rollover or half reverse roll. It's fun and really gets you deep into the stretch. ...
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Does cycling tighten hamstrings?

Cycling has been shown to shorten the rectus femoris. This happens because its range of motion is smaller than in for example running. The same thing happens to any muscle that is used across a ...
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How to increase flexibility from the basics?

Honestly, there really is not a master flexibility course. It's whatever stretches you need to do for your particular problem. Stretch after your workout, when the muscles are warm, instead of at the ...
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Train hamstrings unilateral?

Actually, deadlifts do have a unilateral equivalent: the one legged deadlift, usually done with a Kettlebell. If you google it, you'll get a bunch of pictures. At my gym, it is a common exercise, ...
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Machine Leg Curl vs Glute-Ham-Raise

There's just entirely different exercises, honestly. The only similarity is that you're contracting the biceps femoris. Compare the muscles used for the GHR vs the leg curl, you'll see the difference. ...
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Movement for Good Morning vs. RDL

You are correct that they are the same action other than the bar placement. Both exercises place a high degree of emphasis on your posterior chain -- the group of muscles comprising your ...
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Straddle position

These issues might be related to the each other because your hamstrings and glutes work together in many movements and they are the main muscles (along with quads) that make hip / leg movement ...
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Reverse hip raises with weight on legs

Holding the position still makes it an isometric exercise, which is great for stability, but if you're wanting to increase weight there are a few options based on what you have available. If you have ...
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How to increase flexibility from the basics?

Similarly to yourself I can't get anywhere near my toes when in a forward bend, and I have tight hamstrings etc. YMMV of course but personally I've found Yoga helpful in this regard (I specifically ...
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Steel hamstrings

Hamstrings are only part of long structure. Issue can be higher, or lower, or all together. Look for "superficial back line, Myers". As a prove - roll your feet - like here. Lacrosse ball is perfect ...
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Hamstring isolation exercises

I would tend to agree with the advice given by your PT to concentrate on stationary bike. While it does primarily work the quads, you do get some hamstring work. However, if you feel that you can ...
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Can posture braces help strengthen muscles?

It's probably bad form to just post a link as an answer, but honestly I don't think anyone could explain this better than Paul Ingraham on his blog PainScience, with the references and studies to back ...
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Exercise that loads hamstring whilst reaching its peak ROM?

The Romanian deadlift is basically the definition of what you're looking for: loading the hamstrings (and glutes, and spinal erectors) anywhere from lightly to substantially but sub-maximally.
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hamstring pull when bench pressing

I've had my foot slide out from under me due to the floor being too dusty. I train in a garage, so that's always a concern. I've also had the hamstring pull due to factors other than what's ...
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Gaining internal hip rotation good for touching toes?

If you're really tight, the lying knee to knee stretch will get felt in your hamstrings as well. So if you need more flexibility in that area, you'll get it, although it's not really a "hamstring ...
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Leg curl (hamstrings) machine - legs wide or narrow? Or both?

There are two differences with the hamstring curl. To target the two hamstring groups separately (the lateral biceps femoris or the medial semitendinosus and semimembranosus) you don't vary the ...
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Chronic Hamstring Problem

Soccer is a fairly injury prone sport. It's great that people are playing sports, but I've seen studies suggesting that it's the most injury producing of team sports, beyond even tackle football. ...
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touching toes without bending knees exercises

I had a huge growth spurt in high school and my muscles never lengthened out. Trying to touch my toes with straight knees and back led to excruciating pain around the back of the knee and upper calves....
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touching toes without bending knees exercises

Honestly, the best training for touching your toes is just doing it. Stand with your legs straight (although not with your knees bent inwards) and lower yourself as far as you can. Then, stay in that ...
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