The Nordic hamstring curl (aka Natural Glute Ham Raise) is an exercise that has received a lot of attention in recent years and for good reasons. We’ve known for a while that eccentric training is important for preventing muscle strains. The Nordic curl has been the topic of several different research studies lately (see references below). The results of these studies are very promising for this exercise’s usefulness as an exercise for both prevention of and rehabilitation from hamstring injuries. One study by Peterson et al. (2011) found that a Nordic hamstring curl program reduced new hamstring injuries by 60% and reduced recurrent hamstring injuries by 85%. The problem is that this exercise it very tough! So I thought posting a video of two Nordic curl variations would be helpful.
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