thebbse@gmail.com January 25, 2022

One of the easiest body parts to injure is most certainly the lower back, or lumbar back. The word lumbar is derived from the latin word lumbus, meaning lion, which is fitting considering that many weight lifters get injured while performing their lower back workout, trying to unleash their inner king of the jungle cat—allowing their egos to push more weight than their bodies can handle. Throw in a dose of bad form, and you’ve got the perfect storm for a weightlifting-related injury that will have you wishing that you kept the beast caged.

The lower back area is one of the most overlooked and under appreciated muscle group in the body however it is one of the most common sources of pain according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Rarely do I see people exercise that muscle group and for good reason, it isn’t one of the most problematic body parts. It’s an important muscle group for mobility and stability. Without a strong lower back we would be hunched over looking more like gorillas than a king of a jungle.

Including one of these low back exercises into your lower back workout can greatly increase your mobility and relieve your body of aches and pains caused by constant sitting and bad posture. However if you have never exercise lower back you’ll want to go in with caution. Start off lifting light weight maybe even the bar just so that you can get a feel on how the exercise feels on your lower back.

To significantly lower your chances of back injury and gain strength in your lower back, consider incorporating these isolation exercises into your lower back workout.

Here are three excellent moves to ensure a strong lower back.

Good Mornings

How To Do It:

  1. Set up a bar (with sufficient weight) on a rack that best matches your height.
  2. Step under the bar and place the back of your shoulders (slightly below the neck) across it.
  3. Hold on to the bar using both arms at each side and lift it off the rack by first pushing with your legs and at the same time straightening your torso.
  4. Step away from the rack and position your legs using a medium, shoulder-width stance.
  5. Keep your head up at all times and maintain a straight back.
  6. Lower your torso forward by bending at the hips until it is parallel with the floor.
  7. Elevate torso back to starting position.

Perform 4 sets of 15-20 reps

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Deficit Deadlift

How To Do It:

  1. Start by standing on a platform, 1-5 inches in height.
  2. Make sure that your feet are hip width apart.
  3. Bend at the hip to grip the bar at shoulder width, allowing your shoulder blades to protract.
  4. Lower your hips and bend knees until your shins contact the bar.
  5. Look forward, keep chest up and back arched, and begin driving through the heels to move the weight upward.
  6. After the bar passes the knees, aggressively pull it back, bringing your shoulder blades together as you drive your hips forward into the bar.
  7. Lower the bar by bending at the hips and guiding it to the floor.

Perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps


How to Do it:

  1. Lie face down on a hyperextension bench.
  2. Ensure your upper thighs lie flat across the wide pad, leaving enough room for you to bend at the waist.
  3. With your body straight, cross your arms in front of you (or place behind your head).
  4. Then start to bend forward slowly at the waist as far as you can while keeping your back flat.
  5. Without rounding your back, keep moving forward until you feel a nice stretch on the hamstrings and you can no longer keep going without a rounding of the back.
  6. Slowly raise your torso back to the initial position without arching your back.

Perform 4 sets of 15-20 reps