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GROW YOUR HAMSTRINGS THROUGH SQUATS?⭕️⁣

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GROW YOUR HAMSTRINGS THROUGH SQUATS?⭕️⁣

How many times do you hear bros talk about how well you can develop your hamstrings by doing squats? ⁣I know I do hear that quite often here.⁣
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Well, in reality, you don’t, or atleast not to a meaningful degree. ⁣⁣
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The function of the hamstrings is to flex the knees and extend the hips, which is why exercises such as Leg Curls, RDLs, SLDLs, Good Mornings and Nordics are GREAT for hamstring development. ⁣⁣

What happens during squats ?⁣
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When we’re squatting, the hip and knee joint move simultaneously, both undergoing flexion during the eccentrics, and extending during concentrics. ⁣

In other words: “..The hamstrings shorten at the knee and lengthen at the hip. The opposite occurs on the concentric portion of the lift, when you come back up—the hamstrings lengthen at the knee and shorten at the hip. The length of the muscle complex doesn’t really change all that much throughout the movement, a phenomenon that is not ideal for maximizing muscle stimulation.” – Dr. Brad Schoenfeld⁣

As a result, the hamstrings don’t experience much tension, which we know is of primary importance, when the goal is muscle building.⁣
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Sure, the hamstrings will work as dynamic stabilizers, reason why they are activated during squats: Infact when the knee is bent >90, the tension of the hamstrings will help stabilize the knee by countering the anteriorly directed forces of the Quadriceps (dislocating force) on the knee. ⁣

..However *activation* alone is not a synonym for growth, and in fact when the goal is bringing up your hamstrings, other exercises can definitely be better options!⁣

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