Back extensions primarily strengthen the muscles of the lower back. They complement abdominal crunches as they provide the reverse movement.
Machine: Life Fitness Back Extension
To begin, place both feet on the designated platforms with back leaning against the two pads. It is recommended you hold onto the handles (Figure 1).
Sit upright and brace.
Slowly and with control, push back against the back pad. The body should extend into a straight line (Figure 2).
Once you reach the desired depth, slowly flex the hips, allowing the body to return to the start position.
Muscles targeted: illiocostalis lumborum, longissimus thoracis, and the spinalis.
Remember to seek the advice of your fitness trainer, medical and/or allied health professionals, if you are new to exercise or have an injury or medical condition to consider.
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