Best Exercises to Build Leg Muscles- Hamstrings
The hamstring muscles, which make up the back of the thigh, often get neglected; maybe they don’t bulk up as impressively as, say, the quadriceps muscles on the front side, but having a good balance between opposing muscles such as these is very important to prevent injury and improve the power of your other muscles as well. Here are some of the best exercises to build your hamstrings.
Begin with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, holding a barbell weight with both hands. Keep your head up and hinge forward at the hips while pushing your butt back until the weight is just below your knees. This is your starting position. Engage your hamstrings to straighten your hips and stand up tall so that the weight is at hip level. If you feel pain in your back, stop and ask someone to check your form.
Lying Leg Curls
Most gyms have a hamstring curl machine available. The key to making this move really effective is to not let the machine make it easier for you. The way most machines are designed, the move will be easier as you go up, which is not what we want. You can put a resistance band around the rollers to increase the tension, or force yourself to curl your legs very slowly.