Routine by Rita Catolino, Fitness Model, Coach & Trainer | Photography by Paul Buceta
Are your hamstrings feeling neglected? If your lower body routine focuses on squats, lunges, and leg extensions, the answer is probably, “yes!” In fact, most women tend to have strength imbalances in this area, with quads often twice as strong as the hams, which can put extra pressure on your joints and leave you susceptible to knee injuries.
The following circuit can help improve these imbalances by strengthening the hamstrings as well as the lower back, core, and glutes. It includes a variety of movements that work the anterior, lateral, and posterior planes for an all-encompassing functional routine that sculpts those hams and glutes.
HOW TO: Perform this circuit twice per week. Complete 15-20 reps of each movement before moving onto the next. Aim for 2-3 rounds, or 4-5 if you’re more advanced.