Working your hamstrings and gluteals will balance quad work, protect vulnerable hamstrings and continue the toning you began in the front of your thigh. Normally hamstrings need only be 2/3 as strong as the quadriceps. But they must be at least that strong, and in many people, they are not. The muscles that line the side of hop and thigh lift your leg away from your body and rotate it inward. These are the abductors. One major abductor is the gluteus medius. If this muscle is toned, you can feel it under your legs when they are placed on your hips with your fingers touching the bumps on the front of your hip bones. The big muscles of your calf, the gastrocnemius and the soleus, join at the Achilles tendon fixed to your heel. These muscles pull on your heel, allowing you to rise on your toes as you walk or run. On the front of the shin are muscles that lift feet and toes. Exercises for the muscles of the lower leg protect the shin and the ankle. You would be able to choose a number of good exercises here to tone such area: Hamstring and Gluteal Lifts Working your hamstrings and gluteals will balance quad work, protect vulnerable hamstrings and continue the toning you began in the front of your thigh. The first thing that you need to do is to make some leg extensions. Place your hands directly below your shoulders as you extend on leg straight back with your toes pointed below. You will then bring your lower leg up to a right angle as you flex your foot. It is important to keep your torso steady. After you are done with it, you may proceed with the bent leg lifts by bending one leg at the knee at 45 degree angle while pointing your toe. Hamstring and Gluteal Squeezes With your feet and knees together, lift your hips while leaving your upper back on the floor. Then, you can squeeze your thighs and buttocks tightly. Hold, lower slowly and relax. After that, you get into position with your back flat on the floor while your feet are separated and your knees bent. Tilt your pelvis and your raise your hips slightly. You have to remember to be careful not to raise your upper back off the floor. You have your press your legs together tightly. Repeat procedure.
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