Q: I saw that Doug Brignole trashed stiff-legged deadlifts, but you have them in Old Man Young Muscle. Have you stopped doing them since Doug’s analysis shows that they don’t contract the hamstrings?
A: I still include them. That’s because I don’t use the semi-stiff-legged deadlifts to contract my hamstrings. It’s a stretch move…
Doug makes good points about leg curls, specifically the seated version, being a much better move for hamstring mass.
He also demonstrates that the glutes are the prime mover during stiff-legged deadlifts, and the hams participate very little in moving the resistance.
I don’t have a seated leg curl, the ideal hamstring exercise Doug recommends. So I don’t have the benefit of one exercise providing both stretch and contraction.
When I trained at a commercial gym, I loved seated leg curls because the top stretch position mimicked the bent-at-the-waist bottom position of a stiff-legged deadlift….
I train at home now, so my main hamstring moves are floor rolls, which are in OMYM, and standing one-leg leg curls with a cable. I usually don’t do both of those at the same workout…
However, I always include at least one set of semi-stiff-legged deadlifts for hamstring stretch, and I like getting a bit of extra glute work.
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