The Glute/Ham Bench enables users to work the entire length of the spine and both knee and hip extension functions of the hamstrings not possible with the back- extension benches found in most gyms. It allows an athlete to strengthen the erectors especially in the middle portion, that in most sports, is exposed to high forces. Another benefit is that it’s one of the most important exercises for preventing back and knee injuries, especially to the anterior cruciate ligament.
The spine is exposed to great compressive forces in many sports, athletes weak in the hamstrings, glutes and lower back not only are more likely to injure the lower back but are especially prone to tearing the ACL. Because the glute-ham exercise increases muscle mass and strength in the back, glutes and hamstrings, those athletes who include this exercise are better able to withstand compressive loads on the spine that occur playing sports such as rugby.
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