Today I’m going to show you a quick, simple exercise you can use to strengthen and lengthen your hamstrings. There’s no equipment required and you can do it anywhere you can stand up.
This exercise will also be a good indicator of what level of strength and mobility you already have in your hamstrings. It kills two birds with one stone!
First, try and bring your heel to your butt. Could you just bring it up nice and slow without cheating? Or did you have to flick your foot fast toward your butt? Or did you have to bring your knee forward?
Those cheats indicate that your hamstrings aren’t as strong they should be! That’s ok. There’s a simple way to improve your performance. All you have to do is practice bringing your heel toward your butt without cheating.
Don’t force the movement. Just bring your foot as high as you can get it. Then hold the position for 5 to 10 seconds. As you get better at this, hold the position longer. You should also be able to bring your foot higher over time.
If you do this exercise regularly, over time you’ll see great improvements in the strength and mobility of your hamstrings!