Weekly Training Tip #26 - Hamstring Curl

Targeted Muscles: Hamstrings, Calves, Glutes, Spinal Erectors

Designed to develop eccentric strength in the hamstring, this exercise improves the ability to tolerate force experienced during sprinting. This exercise is best programmed in lower rep sets (3-6). By doing so, the athlete can focus on progressing the movement by resisting as long and as slowly as possible on the eccentric start of the exercise and then gradually using their arms more to assist them as the set continues. This is an effective exercise to reduce the rate of acute hamstring injuries because it loads the hamstring in a similar eccentric manner to what is experienced at high speed running.

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