The Glute-Ham Raise

The Glute-Ham Raise is one of my favorite exercises.

And yet, whenever I do it in the gym, people stare at me like I just let one rip.

Little do they know, that the GHR is my secret weapon when it comes to:

  • Developing brutally strong hamstrings and glutes
  • Strengthening my core
  • Building my calves & spinal erectors
  • Improving the functional strength, mobility & flexibility of your entire posterior chain (lower back, glutes, hamstrings and calves)
  • And bulletproofing my hammies against pulls, sprains and tears.

Plus, to be honest, I kinda like freaking out my fellow gym members.

So, if you are the kind of person who enjoys strong, shapely, injury free hams & glutes, check out this Squidoo Lens about the Glute-Ham Raise.

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8 comments

  1. This is quite funny because a hammy article is in my lineup too [for when I actually get the damn site up].

    It’s really an afterthought for most trainees and athletes, but rugby season’s starting and we’re gonna see guys dropping like flies from pulling hammies during sprints and such. Athletes, especially those doing max effort sprints often, really need to drive that point home about “bulletproofing” certain body parts. Another one is bulletproof knees [i think that’s a book title] for sports where you’re tackling and running.

  2. I LOVE THIS EXERCISE!! And, yeah, it does tend to make people look twice, and then again. If your gym has a seated calf raise machine, load enough weight to keep it from flying up, place your knees on the seat w/your feet under the pad (where your knees would normally go) and flex on! I sometimes place a ball in front of me so 1) I don’t have to go all the way to the floor, and 2) in case I need a little “boost” coming up.

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