At Hybrid Fitness we do our best to keep things as simple as possible. When we want to work someones Mid-Section (often referred to as the “Core”) we know there are only three things we need to do, some form of spinal flexion, some form of spinal extension and some form of rotational movement(s). None of these movements needs to be done for multiple, long, drawn out sets. Nor do they require hundreds of repetitions per movement.
A great exercise device for training the muscles involved in hip and spinal extension is the Glute-Ham-Gastroc raise platform. Unfortunately most commercial gyms do not have the traditional, “Old-School” version of this device (the one where your body lays out parallel with the floor). Instead What you seem to find are these 45 degree angled versions. I think some expert decided that the angled version was safer then the original and suddenly the originals were almost no where to be found.
The problem with these “safer” versions is that as you move through the range of motion, gravity is no longer fully opposing your movements and the resistance seems to fall off at the worst possible time. In the video below you will see how I like to overcome this problem with the use of a simple resistance band. Give these a try next time you visit the gym. I am sure you will quickly become hooked on Band Resisted Back Extensions.
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