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My Freaking Hamstrings Are Killing Me

You just finished your first workout the other day. You worked on bunch of fundamental movements, such as these four staple exercises:

Your first workout

Romanian Deadlifts


Push Ups


Goblet Squats


Suspension Rows


You felt great when you were done! Accomplished, competent, and still tired. You’re starting to drink the fitness Kool Aid.

Fast-forward to today…

Now your ENTIRE BODY hurts. Not all the time, just every time you move or breathe. And the worst thing: the backs of your thighs.

These muscles are your hamstrings. It’s actually a collection of three muscles on each leg.

Why do these freaking hamstrings hurt so badly?

Hamstrings soft as a millenial

^^I’m a millenial so I can say that.

The hamstrings are possibly the highest value muscle you have (except for maybe your respiratory diaphragm, which helps you breathe). They connect on your pelvic “sit bones” and run all the way down to the back side of the knee.

These guys (or gals) can help you do a lot of different stuff:

  • Stand up
  • Move your feet
  • Run or sprint
  • Back kick your friend
  • Move your hips for private motions we won’t be discussing any further

…they’re really important. Standing, for example, can be done with other muscles, but at the cost of a good standing posture. If you find standing for long time tightens up your back, you’re probably forgetting how to use your hamstrings to stand and your low back muscles are taking over. This is totally normal.

Then add that we sit most of the day for work! It’s even easier, then, to shut off your hamstrings.

Most people in our modern era don’t know how to use their hamstrings.

Which brings me back to the soreness (or “DOMS” as some call it)…

Y U SO SORE HAMSTRINGS?

When I run people through a new workout, I want you to find these hamstrings again because it will give you the best training experience. Remember, these muscles are important for all sorts of activities.

Since you basically never use them ever that often, they’re really sensitive. They’re fragile. They’re like a millenial listening to stand up comedy.

But don’t worry! Keep up your hard work and you will be rewarded. The soreness will get better and your hamstrings will get stronger! And with stronger hamstrings comes a better quality of life: this is the FOUNDATION of all strength.

Every movement requires forces. That is, you push your foot in the ground and then you start walking.

Moving a desk? Same thing.

Throwing a ball? Same thing. No really, your foot needs to push into the ground. That’s how we interact with our world.

Gravity is trying to crush you every day. The hamstrings fight gravity. You want strong hamstrings.

Enjoy your new self-confidence and let’s get another lift in soon!

“Einstein” of Physical Therapy Completely Reboots His Bionic Body and Mind

He’s the perfect blend of intellect and creativity, a true modern-day Einstein…

Working all day, reading two extra hours (at least) every night, eating an anti-inflammatory diet, and working out every day… while still finding time to have fun with his wife and friends. Everyone wonders¬†how does he do it?

He’s unparalleled. And that’s why he’s so well-respected.

And after losing almost 40lbs, he’s ready to share his method — rooted in science — to help you become the person we all strive to be.

After realizing he wasn’t practicing what he was preaching, Bill Hartman, PT, decided to make a new system for total body and mind health — a path to clarity (without all the foo foo B.S.).

I remember him telling me about his diet: “I was just sloppy.”

Health tips and facts, though true, simply aren’t enough for most people. Everyone knows they SHOULD eat more vegetables, but how is that possible with a busy work schedule, ambitious goals, and a need for social connection?

To make health change, we need rules and structure…

That’s why the ALL GAIN, NO PAIN system was born. Principles — commandments, even — to minimize your pains and maximize your gains.

Having worked with him for almost a decade, I have no shame telling you Bill is a present day Einstein (except Albert didn’t have two fake hips and a rotator cuff tear). Also, he’d kill me if he knew I was calling him this… on the internet, no less.¬†Shhhh this can be our little secret.

The ALL GAIN, NO PAIN system is about:

  • Losing the excess fat you don’t even know you have (in addition to the fat you are painfully aware of)
  • Maintaining (and even building) your physical strength in spite of your aging body
  • Optimizing sleep to always feel energized and ready to go, whether that be for work, play, or bedroom activities (like, you know, hanging a picture frame)
  • Reducing inflammation to make your knees, back, and other joints feel 30 years younger
  • Finding your routine to organize your life (and mind) for clear thought
  • Spending your precious remaining life hours on important things to leave your legacy and impact the world

If you’re ready to take back control of your life… lose the weight… exterminate the pain… be maximally productive…

Just adopt the ALL GAIN NO PAIN system. It’s already proven! Don’t waste your time and energy reinventing the wheel; spend it making yourself better.

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