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Are situps actually harmful?

I have seen several references to situps being harmful due to "high compressive lumbar load" and recommending crunches. When researching where the quote came from, it looks like every reference quotes ...
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touching toes without bending knees exercises

i've never been able to touch my toes without bending my knees. from the research that i've done, i believe that improved flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back is the best way to reach this ...
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Spine standing out in the middle of the back

I've started training about 3 months ago. I had neglected my lower back training for a while before starting to train it again. Now, my body fat percentage is about 10% and my spine is very visible in ...
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Length of sit vs. stand at adjustable desk?

Are there any general guidelines (not hard rules), on how long you should sit vs. stand at an adjustable desk? Especially as you begin to adjust to one. This is in part following up on the answer to ...
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Lower back pain during heavy squats

Doing squats with a light weight (25% of max) I find no problem, but once I go to 50% of max (barbell i.e. not in a smith machine) and get to my third set of 20, I feel a dull pain in my lower back at ...
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Building Core Strength

I've come to this realization that my core has let me down (or that I've never really payed attention to my core). To be honest, I've never payed my core it's due -- 20 sit ups were a chore -- always ...
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Don't have a bench for bodyweight back extensions, alternatives?

I don't have bench where I can do bodyweight back extensions, nor the space to put one. What are alternatives to work out the lower back? I'm only aware of one - lying flat on the back, place on foot ...
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Can I replace the overhead press with the seated version?

I have been trying to master the standing overhead press for some time now, and every time I try to go a just a little bit heavier my lower back starts to hurt. Now I am aware that I need to brace my ...
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how to train for sit and reach?

One of my physical fitness test is called sit and reach. What are the best methods to train for this "exercise"? Yes, I do agree that it requires flexibility. However, I heard of different methods ...
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lower back exercises [duplicate]

So it's often recommended that you don't lift with your back - that you instead lift with your legs, lest you injure your back. But a lot of exercises have you do just that. Dead lifts, ...
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Strength Training and a Bad Back

I've always been leery of weights - it takes me months of very steady progress before I feel at home with them. By comparison: Yoga and Cardio come naturally to me. The only time I did weights ...
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“Safe” Ab Exercise

I've been trying to find safe abdominal exercises. That is to say, executing the exercises I have learned through my life I can feel the vertebrae in my lower back rubbing/grinding against each ...
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Building strength with Spondylosis (L5-S1 degeneration) [closed]

I realize this is a complex medical issue, but I've been frustrated with my lack of progress. About two years ago I was finally struggling enough with my back pain (difficulty standing for long ...
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Safe exercises after L5-S1 disc problem

I have been diagnosticated with an L5-S1 disc protrusion which is less than a herniation. Most of the disc herniations occurs at L5-S1 disc, so I think it is a common problem. It happens a few months ...
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Stretching/posture/exercise for separating vertebrae in spine?

what is the best exercise/stretching/posture that will separate the vertebrae of the spine? I want to do this because I read that separating the vertebrae will allow the compressed intervertebral ...
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My current office chair makes back ache [closed]

I know this is probably not a usual question you see on here but anyways. I have over the past year purchased three different office chairs. They have all seemed fine for the first few months, however ...
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What is the correct form for seated shoulder press with dumbbells?

When doing seated shoulder presses, must the bench be set to 90 degrees? I seem to be seeing many videos where people are setting up the bench to about one notch before 90. Last night I tried this ...
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Deadlifts and squats with hyperlordosis?

Im 22 years old, 170cm, ~90kh weight, starting some efforts to get in shape. Im going to the gym 3 times a week, trying to stay in a 6-10 rep per set range, changed my diet to low-carb, trying to put ...
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Lower back pain relief

I have been weight training for 18 months, and in the past few months have started to get lower back pain. I particularly feel it when I wake up in the morning. Nothing too serious or painful but I ...
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Need help with lower back pain while on stronglifts 5x5

I just started doing strong lifts 5x5 program and am paranoid about hurting myself. I am almost 300 lbs, and haven't done much exercise other than walking for the past long as I can remember. I was ...
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Lower back pain when stretching hamstrings

I went to defence forces 4 months ago and have had intense training and stuff without no good physical base before. Had to carry a 60 pound bag for miles on my back etc and now having lower back pain ...
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What are exercises for better posture and flexibility?

I know it's a big question but i'm a guy who tend to sit all day long on a chair, sometimes without a great posture, arching my back and not sitting straight. I want to know if there's a key exercise ...
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How can I strengthen my lower back

I was diagnosed for "Muscle Spasm" a while ago for my lower back pain. The pain went away for about a year and then came back again. I had a blood test taken and found out that I am deficient in ...
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Strength training after back injury

I recently injured my back and am anxious to get back to the gym, but I'm used to free-weight exercises and not exactly excited about having to use machines. Are there good options for lower body, ...
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What's a good home exercise for the lower back?

It seems there are a ton of easy ab exercises, but very few for the lower back to keep the muscles balanced as your abs get stronger. What are simple home exercises for the lower back?