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First, please read Stuart McGill's work, and his ideas about core training. Second, abs should be braced when you are doing forward flexion; and "glutes" must be contracted when you are doing extensions. The move you are trying to do is done before, in a better way, and it is called "not back extension", but a "reverse hyper machine": ...


I roll my eyes a little bit at "core" exercises, because your body works as a full whole so if you're doing proper full body exercises your "core" (which isn't some agreed-upon anatomical term) will not only be trained, but will be trained proportionately. This is a huge deal and can't be overstated: a lot of training is down right dangerous and counter ...

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