Today’s Workout column: Standing hamstring curl is lower body workout - Lifestyle - The Chronicle Express

Immediately’s Exercise column: Standing hamstring curl is decrease physique exercise – Way of life – The Chronicle Categorical

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We’re lastly beginning to consider going again to high school! And whether or not that occurs in the end, we nonetheless have loads of time to squeeze in a number of last-minute summer season getaways!

And most summer season enjoyable features a bathing swimsuit of some kind, so we can not take a summer season break on our decrease physique exercises.

Our transfer in the present day is a standing hamstring curl. You will have a set object to carry onto for stability and positioning. This could be a railing, countertop, broomstick or perhaps a cease signal. This train shall be working your bottom, extra particularly, your glutes and hamstrings. Additionally, you will really feel this train in your core.

Start this train by standing arm’s size distance from what you’re holding for stability. Get an excellent grip and shift your weight to at least one foot. Holding your chest tall and rotating your hips ahead to have interaction your midsection, lengthen your free leg straight again behind your physique. Conserving your free leg straight, carry it upward behind you, elevating it as excessive off the bottom as you’ll be able to.

The upper you carry your leg, the deeper contraction you’ll really feel in your glutes.

Now, with a flexed foot, you’ll start to bend in your knee, curling the decrease a part of your leg inward towards your physique. Squeeze this leg curl so far as you’ll be able to, creating your tightest contraction within the hamstring. When you attain the deepest level of this transfer, return it again out to the beginning. All of the whereas, maintain the glutes engaged and this leg elevated.

Proceed this standing hamstring curl for not less than 10 repetitions. Releasing the leg again to a standing place, shift your weight and lengthen the alternative leg up and behind you, simply as you probably did within the first set.

Repeat the identical variety of repetitions on the alternative leg. Proceed alternating for not less than three units.

Ankle weights will intensify this train. If the leg turns into too fatigued prolonged up excessive, decrease your leg in a downward angle.

This train will certainly tighten your rear finish, and offer you that additional confidence to complete the previous couple of weeks of summer season with a bang!

Marlo Alleva, an teacher at Gold’s Gymnasium and group health coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA in Lakeland, Florida, might be reached at