This exercise not only works on your lower back erector spinae muscles and helps to make your core stronger, but simultaneously targets the hamstrings and gluteal muscles.
1. With the rack set up so the barbell is at shoulder height, place the barbell across the back of the shoulders, slightly lower than for a barbell squat.
2. Move away from the rack, feet shoulder width apart, gently squeeze the shoulder blades together and soften the knees.
3. Keep the legs stiff and bend at the hips (not the waist) until the torso is parallel to the floor or as far as your hamstrings will allow.
4. Reverse the movement back to the start position by engaging the glutes and hamstring muscles.
Tip: Try this in a seated position (instead of standing), on the end of a bench with a wide leg stance whilst you get stronger. A wider leg stance in the seated position will also target
the adductor muscles on the inside of the thigh.
Please seek the advice of a GP, physiotherapist or a medically qualified personal trainer before commencing any exercise to avoid the risk of any injury. We do not advise performing any exercise if it exhibits any pain or discomfort in any way.
If you have any questions or queries about any of the exercises, please contact the Didsbury clinic (Manchester) to discuss with your physiotherapist or personal trainer.