Pro Athlete Training – Hamstring Exercises

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Donna Wilkinson, a linebacker for the world champion Womens Professional Football Team, demonstrates hamstring exercises.

    Donna Wilkinson

    Donna Wilkinson is a Professional Football Player, successful Entrepreneur and a Leading Edge Wellness Consultant. Known as “The Animal,” Donna has been a dominant force on the D.C. Divas Women’s Professional Football Team for the past seven years. Over these seven years Donna has played Defensive End, Fullback, Running Back, Linebacker, Tight End, and Punter. Donna is the 1st woman in league history to rush for over 1000 yards in a season, and led the NWFA in rushing in 2003 with 1,267 yards in 10 games and was the Divas offensive MVP. Donna has led the Divas to 5 straight Division Titles, 4 straight Undefeated Regular Seasons and 1 World Championship! She has been an NWFA All-Star and a Divas Team Captain. In 2003 Donna became the 1st Female in history to win the Washington Pig Skin Club “John W. Posey” Award - professional athlete of the year - also awarded to Jeremiah Trotter, Lavernues Coles, Todd Heap and Ed Reed. Donna engages in earning multiple streams of income. She works with people who are attracting greater prosperity into their lives, and those who want to achieve balance in the Five Pillars of Health (mind, body, family, society & finances). Donna has B.S. degrees in Business Administration and Health Fitness Management from Columbia Union College, and uses a variety of tools including the “Certified Wellness Home” program, the Nightingale/Conant “Lead the Field” program, Breakthrough Wellness Technologies, and her Personal Training background to help people achieve life success.

    Donna Wilkinson: Now, its time to work on our hamstrings. This is a very dynamic exercise, will also work your balance and your core strength. Basically let me show from this side what we want to have. We want to have one leg stay straight. This is the hamstring we are working on. The other leg is going to kick straight back, as we go down, touch the floor with the control and then come back up, using the muscles and the strength in your hamstring. So, we are going to do this walking forward and in a variation if you want to make it more challenging is just turn around and walk backwards. Here we go. Nice and control going down, really get that back leg to kick. Make sure you keep your body nice and arched; you dont want your back to hunt you over, so keep your body nice and straight as we are doing this. Come back up, opposite leg. Really feel that stretch going on the back of the hamstrings as you are kicking and pulling back up. So, if we want to make it a little bit more difficult, we just turn around backwards, same thing. Really kick that leg back. Really feel that stretch in the back of the hamstring. So, couple of different variations you can do with this, but you really should feel nice and tight in those hamstrings and that lower butt really getting that area nice and firm.