One of my favorite things to do is find gym hacks for exercises that normal require uncommon equipment.
Not every gym has a 45-degree back extension, Roman chair, or glute-ham developer.
But most gyms have a smith machine or squat rack.
With this simple set up, you can hack your gym and get in a good set of back extensions without needing the apparatus.
All you need is:
You may want to put a squat wedge or plates behind the feet if you worry you will slip. I've never slipped, but it's possible.
This video shows plates loaded and single-leg back extensions using this set up, but you can do any variation and it works the same.
Next time your in the gym, give it a go. It's not perfect, but it works just as well as the standard version.
Have you tried the 90-90 hip lift, popularized by PRI or Postural Restorative Institute and back health expert Dr. Stu McGill?
These hip lifts are a great way to work on trunk and pelvic positioning, which is especially helpful for those stuck in lumbar extension and present anterior pelvic tilt and rib flare.
The limit range of motion with the 90-90 hip lift helps to focus on moving out of extension and into lumbar flexion while posteriorly tilting the pelvis. Learning to move well on a sagittal plane helps you move better on all planes.
By doing this you align the pelvic and thoracic diaphragms, helping to improve breathing patterns, while putting the trunk in better positioning.
Below are the double leg 90-90 hip lift and single leg version. I actually prefer to program these in my Get Strong and Epic Ass workout series over feet-elevated bridges as it helps to avoid compressing the paraspinals, which is a common issue in certain...
Need a new quick workout challenge? Grab a pair of dumbbells and try this!
1a. Cossack squat: 2x8each side
1b. Single-leg glute bridge: 2x8 each side
1c. Uneven waiter's carry: 2x10 steps each side
2a. Russian twist: 2x8 each side
2b. Seated leg drop: 2x8 each side
This workout is divided into two circuits. Perform 1 set of each exercise in circuit 1 without rest. Rest 30-60 sec and repeat. Do the same for circuit 2.
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