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Hamstring Curls

Posted by terrepruitt on June 14, 2011

In putting together the exercises for a Ten Minute Workout, I wanted to get a quick “full body” workout.  I understand that this ten minutes might not target the ENTIRE body, but it gets most of it.  Plus I was trying to use the exercise equipment that I have.  I was bothered by the fact that I had these toys and I didn’t use them.  So I was thinking of exercises that utilized them.  Although, all of these exercises can be modified to be done without the equipment.  This Hamstring curl uses the stability ball.

Lie on your back with your calves/ankles on the stability ball.  Push your hips up into a bridge.  Pull the ball, rolling it towards your butt so your feet end up on it and your knees are up.  Then roll it out.  Your arms can be wherever they are most comfortable.  Arms can be used to help stabilize your body.  It could be at first that your body has a tendency to roll to one side or you feel as if you are going to tip over.  🙂  That is part of the exercise.  You are using your hamstrings to pull the ball back, but you might be engaging your arms a lot to stabilize your body as you learn this exercise.  Eventually your legs will be able to control the ball AND your balance without really USING your arms.

Each time the ball rolls towards your butt count that as one.

How is that for you?  What questions come up?

6 Responses to “Hamstring Curls”

  1. mmmmmmmmmmmm

    Haaaaaaaaaammmmstrings

    Auuuuuuuughhh

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  2. Michele said

    I want to try it, and I am inspired to find my exercise ball and blow it up…thanks for the pictures, it helps!

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    • Darnit! I was going to show you today an alternative.

      Let me know if you want it and I’ll tell ya!

      I took a picture for the triceps kick back but I don’t think it would help. Ha!

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  3. Michele said

    I love ball exercises because they engage the deepest muscles. To make my muscle work more hard and intense I am taking military grade nutritional supplements. Results are impressive! I am full of energy and my shape is steadily improving.

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    • My general off the cuff opinion on supplements aside from a vitamin is that the general population does not need them. And I am not 100% convinced about the vitamins. 🙂

      Must be a big campaign to push the military grade nutritional supplements as you are the second comment I received today! 🙂 They must have a nice budget!

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