Today I want to talk to you about keeping your lower back strong so you can stay as mobile and pain free as possible while continuing to progress in your strength and power moves such as squats, lunges and overhead press. Tight hamstrings and hip flexors along with weak glutes and back extensor muscles are major contributors to lower back pain and weakness. Extended periods of sitting, poor posture, stress, lifting incorrectly, or poor form exercising can all lead to lower back pain.
As the old saying goes, “you’re only as healthy as your back is strong”. This should give you pause and drive home the point that you don’t want to neglect the lower back. All “roads” lead to the spine, therefore, do not blow off these exercises!
If, on the other hand, you are already experiencing low back pain, you may need to seek out the help of your physician to rule out more serious issues such as bulging disk or nerve impingement.
These exercises can prevent lower back pain from occurring and can easily be done at home or at the gym. Consistency is key here so work up to 3 sets, 3x a week and you’ll be on your way to a strong lower back and avoid pain.
In this video, I show you how to do the exercises
In addition to these exercises, I love and recommend using a mini trampoline to strengthen the lower back. I am offering a FREE trampoline fitness workshop on Wednesday March 8th at The Mix Studio at 2007 S. State St. 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Participants will learn the benefits of rebounding and have an opportunity to try it out. Balance bars will be available for those who want the extra support. Pre-registration is required due to limited space. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your reservation. Hope to see you there!
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