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Muscles May Not Develop Uniformly

  In recent years there has been research establishing that large muscle groups experience hypertrophy in a nonuniform manner. In other words, the entire muscle does not grow equally as a result of strength training. Schoenfeld et al, in a 2015 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, performed a study comparing the lying leg curl and the stiff legged deadlift’s muscle activation of the hamstrings based upon EMG data. The authors used resistance trained males and had...

Practical Hamstring Training For Sports

The hamstring muscle group is critical to athletic success.  It has a role in sprinting, jumping, agility, throwing, hitting, kicking, in other words just about every athletic movement.  In addition, care of the hamstrings prevents injuries including lower back injuries and even ACL tears.  In other words, it’s an important muscle group to focus on in training.   As is the case with most muscle groups, the hamstrings don’t function in isolation during athletics.  This is why an athlete’s time...

What Do We “Know” About The Hamstrings? A Review…

Recently I had a post reviewing an article by McAllister et al (2014) looking at the effectiveness of various hamstring exercises. This is actually a convenient time to look back at the last few years of research and to look at what we “know.” This is important because we never have enough time to train our athletes so we need to focus on what is most important for their health and their performance. This post will look at the hamstrings...

The Best Hamstring Exercise

The hamstrings are really important for sprinting, jumping, agility, and injury prevention.  Their strength (or lack thereof) is implicated in strains from sprinting and even noncontact ACL injuries.  Having said that, there are a lot of exercises that one can potentially use to train the hamstrings.   If a coach only has a finite amount of time with which to train his or her athletes, it makes sense to use those exercises that are the most effective.   McAllister et al,...

Fundamental Lifts for Sports

When I started in the strength and conditioning field more than twenty years ago, the field was a lot different than today.  At the time, most strength and conditioning coaches had a background in powerlifting or Olympic lifting, sometimes both.  The majority of the job was performed in the weightroom with barbells and dumbbells.  Today, the tools that an entry level strength coach is expected to master is greatly expanded.  An entry level coach is expected to understand the Olympic...