I'm Jeremy Shore for LIVESTRONG.COM, and this is powerlifting hamstring exercises. The primary powerlifting exercise that targets the hamstring is the deadlift. This movement allows you to recruit all the muscles in the lower legs and builds strength and power. The deadlift can be performed with dumbbells or a straight bar depending on what you have access to, let me demonstrate. To perform the deadlift stand with feet hip to shoulder width apart, palms are facing you with the dumbbells and drop down by pushing your hips back until the dumbbells are just past your knees, keep a flat back chest up, from here drive your feet into the ground, stand tall squeezing the glutes at the top of the movement and the lower back to the starting position, pause at the bottom, drive your feet through the floor as you drive up, the big chest, tight glutes. You follow these same guidelines when performing this movement with a straight bar. To build explosive hamstring power perform these 2 exercises with a light 4 to 8 pound Dynamax Medicine Ball, the log toss and scissor throws, let me show you. So our first explosive hamstring exercise using a Dynamax Medicine Ball is the log toss. You're gonna step up with your ankles on each side of the medicine ball, drop down with your chest up, hips down. From here explosively extend the hips, the ankles, and the knees as you release the ball forward finishing that triple extended movement and then a variation of this to target the hamstrings even more is a straight-legged. Position the ball slightly behind the ankles, reach through with straight legs, eyes are forward and follow all the way through. Keep the back flat you should feel all of the tension on the back side of the legs, drive through squeezing the glutes at the top of the movement. Now perform a scissor exercise using the Dynamax Medicine Ball, take the ball and as we bring the ball back with straight arms overhead we're gonna bring one leg up with a straight leg, keep the elbows open to engage the lats, keep the trunk tight and this leg comes all the way back to till you feel a good stretch on the hamstring. In one integrated movement we're gonna drive the foot down as we do a situp through propelling the ball forward, looks like this. I'm Jeremy Shore for LIVESTRONG.COM, and this has been powerlifting hamstring exercises.