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Starting Strength + One Weak Hamstring


#1

Long time lurker, first time poster, I am knowledgeable enough to know I have a problem, but not how to solve it.

I recently started Rippetoe's Starting Strength program, but I can feel that my left hamstring is lagging far behind. When I do squats, deadlifts and cleans, I can feel my right leg taking over as a result. I don't want to simply dismiss this issue, as I developed knee pain in my left leg as a result of imbalanced training in the past.

Should I perform unilateral work until the imbalance is corrected? Should I even continue bilateral compound exercises at all? How should I approach this? Any advice is very welcome.


#2

Yeah i mean, the only way to even it out is to work it. Unilateral work would help, i would suggest single leg hamstring curls and single leg Romanian Deadlifts with dumbbells.

Still, i can't really see you left hamstring being that much more powerful than your right so...do those exercises for both legs with extra concentration on your left leg. Imagine your doing a bicep curl when doing hamstring curls and go for a really good stretch when doing DB Romanian Deadlifts.


#3

strengthening your left hamstring in an attempt to bring it up to speed with the right is only possible if it is firing correctly...I'd recommend an eval with a trainer to get you set up with some good activation drills to do before each of your training sessions. It may be alot simpler than you are making it.