How to Exercise Thighs & Hamstrings

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A few different techniques are absolutely great for exercising your thighs and hamstring. Learn how to exercise your thighs and hamstring with help from a longtime personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Stephany with Elevate Fitness and today, we're going to talk about how to exercise thighs and hamstrings. When you're in the gym and you're doing this workout, the things you want to focus on, it's, it's totally assisted, so you don't have to worry too much about doing anything incorrectly. But, what you want to make sure is that when you're doing a leg extension, you lift up all, as high as you can and when you come down, you stop at a 90-degree angle. So, you're coming all the way up, stopping right at 90. Now, another good workout for the thigh is going to be a hamstring lift using a barbell. If you don't have a machine that specifically targets your thighs, then this would be a good alternative. Now, you can grab a heavy barbell or if your gym has a light barbell, anything from 9 to 15 pounds, any of those weights are going to be beneficial because you are completely isolating your hamstring in this workout. What you're going to do is you're going to keep one thigh, both thighs close together. You're going to put the barbell behind one of your ankles and you're just going to lift up as high as you can. When you bring it down, you don't want to drop the weight, so you're bringing your foot just slightly above the floor and then coming back up. One thing you want to do is keep your abs drawn into the spine and you want to make sure that your leg isn't moving, it's staying next to your other leg. So, don't go forward, don't go back. Stay in that position just moving your calf and your foot up and down and you're totally going to feel those workout in the back of your leg. This is Stephany with Elevate Fitness, and we just talked about how to exercise thighs and hamstrings. Get lifted.


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