Happy Monday. Last week you learnt how to make the best damn mackerel you’ll ever eat, great for summer barbecues, and making hitting your daily protein target a whole lot simpler.
This week we’re back to gaining a workout edge, by learning how to get bulletproof, powerful, more defined hamstrings by adding one simple exercise to your workout regime.
Let’s get started.
In my opinion, there’s two things that are a testament to strength – pull-ups, and leg day.
Leg day really separates the mentally strong from those that are just at the gym for pure aesthetics – largely because leg day is painful, recovery time is long, and if you want great, rapid results you’ve got to push through the pain by training legs twice a week.
I’ll be upfront – I hate training legs. Hate. It…but like in the military, this beautiful thing we call embracing the iron isn’t about only doing things you like – it’s about learning to embrace the suck and doings things you hate as well.
Cherry picking exercises and workouts isn’t going to get you (dare I say it) functionally fit – nor is it going to give you real strength, real stamina, real endurance, real mental toughness. If there are things we have to push through in life, why shouldn’t our workouts be the same?
So the path to gaining bulletproof hamstrings – along with any other muscle – is also about gaining a bulletproof mind.
What’s one exercise that’ll do it? The Nordic Hamstring Curl (NHC).
Here’s a great video on how to do it.
I’ll be providing a much more detailed, thorough explanation and elaborating on the other numerous benefits of this great exercise in my upcoming book.
The Nordic Hamstring Curl Exercise
The best thing about the NHC is probably that it requires zero equipment, unlike it’s alternative, the Glute Hamstring Raise (GHR) (which requires a GHR machine, of which most commercial gyms these days don’t have as standard).
Both of these exercises are underappreciated (though I have seen the GHR machine in a few crossfit gyms here and there), despite the fact they’re both powerful hamstring activators.
One thing to note – this isn’t for the faint of heart. Those who whine about performing 4 sets of 15 lunges/per leg probably will shy away from it – unless they like a challenge and are truly willing to progress up to this great exercise.
So unless you’re in the gym to actually achieve results, rather than texting on the chest press bench or taking selfies hashtagging #killingit, save me some time and just close this post now.
If that last paragraph got under your skin enough to challenge you to try NHCs, then by all means go for it, and write to me under “Contact Us” or reach out on social media at the bottom of this page, letting my know how it worked out for you.
Lastly, remember to pair your hamstring exercise with a quadriceps one – balance is key.
Lastly, don’t forget to refuel after an intense leg workout with The Best Damn Post-Workout Shake You’ll Ever Have. Proper workout nutrition is key.
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