I foam roll my hamstrings. It’s more intense if you roll one side at a time, and put the other leg on top if you need additional pressure. When I started I did not need any extra pressure though! I also use a lacrosse or tennis ball to do targeted myofascial release. You sit on a (hard) chair and put the ball under your hamstring and find the spots that really need it and stay there for a while. I’ve totally stopped stretching my hamstrings, I find the myofascial release does more for me than stretching ever did.
Extremely tight hamstrings
Hi – I’m mostly focused on trail running but also do a bit of skiing (both in-resort and backcountry) in the winter. I’ve chronically had tight hamstrings, so I’ve been trying to build strength and flexibility with a combination of deadlifts (both single leg and both legs) and yoga, targeted at my hamstrings. But it doesn’t feel that I’m making much progress, and I’m still always sore for multiple days after deadlifting.
Any tips on other things I should be doing? Should I be worried about the prolonged soreness after deadlifts?
Note: My strength training program, which I’ve been doing fairly consistently since July, has me deadlifting once a week.
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