- Target Muscle Group
- Exercise TypeSMR
- Equipment RequiredFoam Roll
- Force TypeCompression
- Experience LevelBeginner
- Secondary Muscles
Hamstring Foam Rolling Overview
Foam rolling your hamstrings is a great way to warm up and cool down for your workout, especially if you plan to perform lower body exercises that require the hamstrings to be more mobile.
When you foam roll the hamstrings, or any muscle group for that matter, you alleviate some of the tension that is built up during the day and your workouts.
Hamstring Foam Rolling Instructions
- In a seated position, place the foam roller directly underneath your thigh between your knee and hip.
- Support yourself using your hands and free leg. Adjust pressure into the roller by applying more or less force through the forearms and knee.
- Slowly roll up and down the length of the hamstring while slightly rotating the leg periodically for 20-30 seconds.
- Repeat on the other side.
Hamstring Foam Rolling Tips
- The most important thing you can remember with any soft tissue work: KEEP BREATHING. Don’t hold your breath, you want to release tension, not generate it.
- Do not allow yourself to fall into excessive flexion, keep tension through the abs.
- If you find a tender spot, pause for 5-6 seconds and focus on slow, deep breaths and try to relax.
- Foam rolling may be uncomfortable but that’s not an excuse to avoid it. It hurts because there may be physiological or neurological influences generating a pain response. The more you roll the better it’ll feel provided there’s no serious underlying mechanism.
- Don’t slump into the shoulder capsule, maintain an active upper body.
- If you notice any burning, numbness, or tingling, keep moving past that area. It’s likely a nerve and pausing on it for any length of time would not be a good idea.