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Dynamic hamstring movements mimic the motions of everyday life. That’s especially important these days because our modern cubicle world gives us tight hamstrings since we sit on our glutes all day.
Most people stretch their hamstrings while pushing up against a tree or grabbing their ankles. (Think of the folks you see limbering up before a running race.) There’s nothing wrong with so-called static stretching, but as with a warm rubber band, your hamstrings are far more responsive to static stretching after a workout.
A better way to make sure your hams stay healthy is to work these 10 bodyweight hamstring exercises into your regular workout regimen (or even your regular office routine). They’ll boost hamstring flexibility and challenge your stability at the same time, giving you an added benefit.
Pete Williams is a N.A.S.M.-certified personal trainer and the author or co-author of a number of books on performance and training.
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