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    My hamstrings are severely inhibited. (Years of sitting at office desk no doubt) How long will it take me to get reasonable strength in them. (Bare in mind i'm starting at 15-20kg leg curl as they are REALLY weak.
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    We can't put a timescale on it - and if we could, how would it help you? Just get working.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    We can't put a timescale on it - and if we could, how would it help you? Just get working.
    I am not an expert, but I'm sure there is a rough timescale on gaining strength. Whether that is months, years, etc. I hit legs three times a week, ensuring that I start with hamstrings. 5 sets of 8. I think I am below in terms of the average beginner strength for a curl. Can anyone with any expertise in this area offer some insight?
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    Originally Posted by totalwreck View Post
    I am not an expert, but I'm sure there is a rough timescale on gaining strength. Whether that is months, years, etc. I hit legs three times a week, ensuring that I start with hamstrings. 5 sets of 8. I think I am below in terms of the average beginner strength for a curl. Can anyone with any expertise in this area offer some insight?
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    Originally Posted by totalwreck View Post
    I am not an expert, but I'm sure there is a rough timescale on gaining strength. Whether that is months, years, etc. I hit legs three times a week, ensuring that I start with hamstrings. 5 sets of 8. I think I am below in terms of the average beginner strength for a curl. Can anyone with any expertise in this area offer some insight?
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    There are many variables which is why there is no timeline. The main one is you - what and how many exercises you choose, what overall routine you choose, whether you progressively overload, whether you're consistent, what and how much you eat, whether you quit after a few months b/c someone on an internet forum said you'd be strong by then but you're not, etc.

    I would guess you should be focusing on overall body development, and that it's not simply a weak hamstring issue.
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    Not only are you asking to put a number on a vague goal, you hold back context.

    Originally Posted by totalwreck View Post
    I kinda regret posting this now because I can sense I'll have to do a lot of repeating. With respect, as above I've stated because of the muscle imbalances that I have, my body cannot effectively engage and recruit the muscles it needs to perform the exercises safely and effectively. if I did a deadlift now my lower back would be doing the job of inhibited glutes and hamstrings. I don't understand how many times I can explain the situation. You can't just say to somebody with complex imbalances and pathways "go deadlift" I'll end up with a pulled lower back in 6 weeks or sooner. What he's SAYING is, I need to BUILD and BALANCE some basic strength in the legs. Obviously this is not ALL i'm doing It's a balanced push/pull routine.
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