Target and strengthen your hamstrings with these 2 exercises.

Single leg bridges

Lay on floor. Arms beside body – palms down. Feet flat. Knees bent.

Raise one leg off ground – straight out or tucked in toward chest. Push down through the opposite heel.

Lift & extend hips upward – raising glutes off ground. Extend as far as possible. Return to starting position.

3x sets of 8 to 12 reps.

Repeat with other leg.

Single leg deadlift

Hold free weights at your side. Stand on one leg – keep that knee slightly bent. Extend free leg behind you for balance. Continue until your body and free leg are parallel to the ground. Return to upright position. Repeat standing on alternate leg. 2x sets of 10-12 reps.

Warning

The exercises and information included in this article are general. If possible you should seek more personalised exercise advice and have your strength training tailored to your individual needs. If you have an existing injury or any health problems, or you do not already exercise regularly several times each week or you are middle aged or older, first check with your doctor about your suitability for a resistance training programme.

Before starting your resistance training, ask a trained fitness instructor about the correct technique involved in such a programme, including ways to progress your fitness gradually and minimise injury risk.

Last Reviewed: 21/01/2019

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