Isometric Hamstring Training With Resistance Bands

Strong hamstrings help you move efficiently.
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Every time you take a step, whether walking or running, you use your hamstrings. The hamstrings consist of a group of three muscles than run down the backs of your thighs and attach to the bones just below your knees. If you participate in sports that require running and jumping -- such as soccer and basketball -- strong hamstrings can improve your game. One way to strengthen the hamstrings is through isometric exercise with resistance bands. With isometric exercise, you contract the muscle against outside resistance, without letting your joints move.

Step 1

Lie on your back and stretch both of your legs along the floor.

Step 2

Bend your right knee and loop a resistance band around the bottom of your foot. Hold one end of the band in each hand.

Step 3

Straighten your right leg and bring it as close to your torso as possible by pulling gently on the bands. As you bring your leg toward your torso, you’ll feel a stretch in the back of your thigh. Don’t bend your knee in response to the stretch. If the stretch is too intense, move your thigh away from your torso a bit.

Step 4

Try to lower your leg to the floor while pulling on the band with your hands. Pull hard enough so that the resistance of the band prevents your leg from actually moving. This effort causes your hamstring muscles to contract.

Step 5

Hold the contraction for at least six seconds and relax. Then, repeat the isometric contraction five to 10 times with your right leg before doing the exercise with your left leg.

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