From sprinting to jumping, the hamstrings are among the most powerful muscles you have as a track athlete. They are responsible for transferring power between the knees and the hips, propelling your forward momentum and controlling your athletic performance. (See also Get Faster and Prevent Injury With 3 Hamstring Exercises.)
These factors make it important to select hamstring exercises that offer strengthening in hip extension and knee flexion. The following two hamstring exercises do the trick. Try performing them and watch your numbers on the track improve.
This hamstring exercise calls for a partner, but it can be performed without one by positioning your heels under a bar or brace and placing a Bosu ball in front of your knees to assist with the concentric phase. (See it in action: Exercise of the Week: Glute Ham Raise.)
Using a slow progression, go down as far as you can and return to the starting position. Work up to three sets of eight reps.
Perform Glute Hamstring Raises in one of your lower-body workouts and Stability Ball Hamstring Curls on your next lower-body day—or select one and perform it once a week. (See it in Action: Pitcher Strength and Speed Training With Craig Kimbrel.)
Using a slow progression, curl the ball as far as you can and return to the starting position. Work up to three sets of eight reps.
Looking for more hamstring exercises? Check out STACK's Lower-Body Workout Guide.