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 DeadliftsHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lats, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell
GoodmorningLower Back, Hamstrings, GlutesBarbell
One Arm Side DeadliftsHamstrings, Abs, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Quads, TrapsBarbell
Power CleanHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Shoulders, Traps Barbell
Romanian DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Barbell
Sumo DeadliftHamstrings, Forearms, Glutes, Hip Adductors, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper Back Barbell
Stiff Leg DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper BackBarbell

Check out all of our Barbell Exercises!

Body Weight Hamstring Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Back ExtensionsLower Back, Hamstrings, GlutesHyperextensions Apparatus

Check out all of our Body Weight Exercises!

Dumbbell Hamstring Exercises

Exercise
Name
Primary
Muscle(s)
Addl Equip.
Required
Dumbbell DeadliftHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lats, Lower Back, Quadriceps, Traps, Upper BackDumbbells
Romanian DeadliftsHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper Back Dumbbells
Power CleansHamstrings, 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 CurlsHamstringsMachine
Smith Machine GoodmorningLower Back, Hamstrings, GlutesSmith Machine
Smith Machine Romanian DeadliftsHamstrings, Calves, Forearms, Glutes, Lower Back, Upper BackSmith Machine
Standing Leg CurlsHamstringsMachine


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:

Our Most Popular Leg 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.

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