Hamstring Exercises

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Hamstring Exercises

Learn how to do each of these Leg Exercises and Immediately Add to your Hamstring Workouts, Leg Workouts, and other Weight Training Programs

Welcome to our Hamstring Exercises Main Page!

Here we’ve linked to all of our weight training exercises that primarily target your hamstring muscles, the large, powerful muscles on the back side of the leg between your knee and butt (with the biceps femoris being the largest).

Shut up and let me skip to the exercises!

If you think this list is weak, don’t worry. Some of the best exercises for hamstrings like Barbell and Dumbbell Squats, Lunges, Step Ups, Hack Squats and the Front Squat primarily target your quadriceps and only secondarily work your hamstrings, glutes, and calves. Therefore, these popular leg exercises are featured on our Quadriceps Exercises Main Page.

Our Hamstring Exercise list is divided below by equipment required resulting in the following sections for the hamstring muscle group:

Click on the links above or continue reading below to view each section for the hamstrings. Also, make sure to view our Best Leg Exercises list if you want to jump to the top five Leg Exercises we’ve chosen from our massive list of Leg Exercises.

Barbell Hamstring Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Barbell Deadlifts Hamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lats, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell
Goodmorning Lower Back, Hamstrings, Glutes Barbell
One Arm Side Deadlifts Hamstrings, Abs, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Quads, Traps Barbell
Power Clean Hamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Shoulders, Traps Barbell
Romanian Deadlift Hamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Barbell
Sumo Deadlift Hamstrings, Forearms, Glutes, Hip Adductors, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell
Stiff Leg Deadlift Hamstrings, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Barbell


Check out all of our Barbell Exercises!

Body Weight Hamstring Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Back Extensions Lower Back, Hamstrings, Glutes Hyperextensions Apparatus


Check out all of our Body Weight Exercises!

Dumbbell Hamstring Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Dumbbell Deadlift Hamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lats, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Dumbbells
Romanian Deadlifts Hamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Dumbbells
Power Cleans Hamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Shoulders, Traps Dumbbells


Check out all of our Dumbbell Exercises!

Machine Hamstring Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Hamstring Curls Hamstrings Machine
Smith Machine Goodmorning Lower Back, Hamstrings, Glutes Smith Machine
Smith Machine Romanian Deadlifts Hamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Smith Machine
Standing Leg Curls Hamstrings Machine



Leg Exercises by Primary Muscle Trained

If you’re through with hamstrings but want to access more weight lifting exercises, head to our Weight Training Exercises main page or link directly to all of our Leg Exercises.

Our Leg Exercises are broken down into exercise for hamstrings as well as the following pages:

  • Calf Exercises
  • Glute Exercises
  • Quadriceps Exercises

Rather than viewing our weight training exercises by primary muscle, check out these popular Leg Exercises. Each page links to all of the variations of these popular lower body exercises.

  • Deadlifts
  • Hack Squats
  • Lunges
  • Split Squats
  • Step Ups

Finally, if you found this page of interest, check out these related pages:

  • Best Leg Exercises
  • Weight Training Exercises Main Page
  • Compound Exercises
  • Leg Workouts
  • Fat Loss Workouts
  • Fat Burning Exercisess
  • Muscle Building Workouts
  • Strength Training Exercises


  • Leave our Hamstring Exercises and access all the Workout Routines.
    Start at our Home Page


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