Hamstring Lift

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Equipment Required: a firm but not hard surface such as an exercise mat

Technique

  1. Start by resting on your hands and knees, with your back flat and abdominal muscles squeezed in tightly.
  2. With your foot flexed, extend your leg straight behind you.
  3. Keeping your back flat, lift your left leg up until it is level with your back, and hold for several seconds
  4. Lower your leg.
  5. Repeat this action several times on the one side.
  6. Change legs and repeat.
  7. Start with five repetitions each side, and increase to 20 as you get fitter.

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If you are new to exercise, consider getting a medical assessment before doing too much. Fill out a PARQ to see if you are ready. The best thing you could do is perform a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching. When training, following correct exercise technique can help reduce injuries and maximise fitness gains.

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