If you’re like me, and you have hamstrings like steel cables, then you want mobility exercises that work and are easy to do.
First, make yoga part of your routine. Find a class or an instructor that you like, and commit to attending regularly.
Here are three of my go-to dynamic exercises for working my tight, stubborn hamstrings that I do on my own time between yoga classes:
This is a fantastic dynamic exercise that works two areas we see time and again: hamstrings and the hip hinge.
Lie on your back with your legs bent. Using both hands, pull your left knee towards your chest until your leg is at ninety degrees. Straighten your left leg. Do a set of twenty then switch sides. Repeat twice on both side.
Passive leg lowering:
This exercise also targets both your hamstrings and your hip hinge.
Lie flat on your back next to a pole or in a doorway. Place your right leg on the pole. Now, slowly raise and lower your left leg, keeping your left knee locked out. Again, do a set of twenty then switch sides, and repeat twice on both side.
Do this exercise and you’ll deadlift like a boss.
Start with your feet hip-width apart, or slightly wider, and your knees bent. Then send your butt back, hinging at the hips until you feel your hamstrings light up. Go as far as you can without compromising your spinal position. Hold for two or three breaths, return to the starting position, and reset. Repeat for three minutes trying to go deeper in the stretch each rep.