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Pertaining to the erector spinae or spinal erectors, a set of muscles that straighten and rotate the back.

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Does Spinal flexion really cause Disc Degeneration over long term?

There is a popular claim within the medical industry that repeated spinal spinal flexion, especially in lower back, increasing shear forces on the spine can lead to disc degeneration and bulging in ...
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Lower back-friendly abs exercises

I learnt that ab exercises like sit ups are bad for the lower back and now I a looking for alternatives. I found Stuart McGill's “Big Three” exercises, which are back-friendly and two of them train ...
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Other than for related strength gain, why might abdominal / lower back hypertrophy be desired in both Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting?

I'm going through Everett's Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide For Athletes & Coaches . The following quotes from the chapter Programming & Training caused me to think on the matter of ...
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How NOT to be Afraid of Using Glute-Ham Raise (GHR) Machine

Some background: I've been into bodybuilding for a few years, but only 2 months ago I started to go to a proper gym with a proper trainer. For a full-month my trainer checked me up of my muscles, ...
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Understanding the circuit workout style for strength development in THENX program

So I was looking around for some good bodyweight lower back workouts, and I found this interesting workout on the THENX workout channel on youtube. The exercises themselves are good, but I was a bit ...
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Why not pushing the knees out of the toes in Squat?

there is lots of information on the web about feet and knees out in Squat. Firstly, I'd like to summarise it here to make it clear. As explained here by Athlean X, in the Squat: a bit of external ...
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Can tired lats make the back weak and cause injury?

After I got back from my bike ride, I was feeling energetic so I did some ring pullups and then attempted some goblet squats. As I finished up the squats I was putting the weight back in a sort of ...
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Mind-muscle cues for hips flexion without tilting the pelvis

I need some cues about how to flex the hips (for instance in deadlift, squat or to get into the starting position of barbell row) without causing anterior or posterior pelvic tilt. Of course bracing ...
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Strange Lower Back Tingling [closed]

This may be piriformis syndrome, but according to the article from squat university it’s not, because the twisting motion and hyperextending motion cause the tingling. Yesterday, I did beltless front ...
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Do glutes necessarily posteriorly tilt the pelvis while extending the hips?

Here it is written that: With the femur well stabilized, activation of the hip extensors can also posteriorly tilt the pelvis. For simplicity, let's focus on glutes maximum. My questions are: If we ...
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How does back extension work?

Why is "back extension" exercise called "back extension"? Let's consider the following picture taken from here: Well, in this picture I cannot appreciate any back extension. What ...
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Low back on the way up of squat

I need some advices to understand if my low back posture is correct while squatting. Let's consider these pictures of me, referred to the way up of squat: Picture 1): I've arrived at the parallel. I ...
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How does one lift a heavy box up from the ground?

Here are some pictures I found on how to lift a heavy box. Is this correct technique? Mainly I am trying not to hurt my lower back.
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How can I build strength in my back without doing power movements?

I am a reasonably experienced weightlifter and lift relatively heavy weight for my body weight. I have generally been doing free-weight back squat and straight leg deadlifts with dumbbells. However, ...
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How can you strengthen lower back at home?

Following this video are there any exercises I can do at home with no equipment but my body weight in order to strengthen my lower back? Is there a way to indicate my progress over time? I would like ...
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Is there a way for self assessment of my lower back and abs muscles?

I would like to know if there any tests I can do at home to self assess of my lower back and abs muscles strength and other parameters?
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Movement without involving back (spine disc)?

I would like to keep training but these days my back pain and sciatica is back again (which I had several years ago). What are the exercises and movements I can do without hurting my back in the Gym? ...
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What kind of anaerobic exercises should one avoid during lower back pain?

So, I went to an orthopaedic because I was experiencing lower back pain for several months and got an X-Ray done. The report says that my L5 is sacralised, L4 has spondylolisthesis, and a mild forward ...
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Unable to keep lower back straight during Romanian Deadlift

When performing Romanian Deadlifts (currently RPE of 8-10), I'm pretty much unable to keep my lower back straight after a few reps. In regular Deadlifts I don't have that issue (probably because the ...
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Exercises for an overweight person to decrease weight who is also suffering from back ache due to long sitting hours

So I mostly have to sit at a desk for 13 hours a day, even on weekends (I'm an 18 year old student who is a bit over weight too) because of which I have severe back problems. I want to change this and ...
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Adverse effects from sitting for too long

I have a desk job which requires me to be seated for a wall 10 to 12 hours each day including weekends. I perform only minimum amount of physical activities and excercise each day for about half an ...
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Helping ease my back pain when I'm studying 13 hours everyday, even weekends

I am a student and I usually have to sit at my study desk each day including weekdays and weekends for about 13 hours or more. I have a pretty hectic schedule and I sometimes suffer from back pain (...
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What are some exercises which are effective yet easy on the articulations

I have some back issues (mild scoliosis and kyphosis) and a history of joint problems in all of my close relatives. Thus, I kinda want to take care of my back and of my articulations. At the same ...
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Back Brace for Posture?

I checked out this post about what to do about bad posture. I am basically sitting on my computer or writing most of the day. Other than regular muscle exercise, I was wondering if anyone knew of ...
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Back issues and running?

I have played sports and ran all of my life - plus some seriously heavy lifting. As I have gotten older I noticed that the extra muscle has stunted long-distance running. So I have limited myself ...
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Romanian Deadlifts vs. Back Extension

I'm going to a fairly small gym (because I live in a very rural area) with very little various possibilities when it comes to equipment and stuff. I'm doing back extension with extra weight for ...
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Uncategorized BACK muscles

Very often I hear the terms "middle back" as well as "lower back" aside from the traditional "Lats" and "Traps" which are defined by their actual name and not something like "side back training" for ...
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Difficult to keep legs up during double lying leg raise

I've been doing pilates recently and we often do a lying leg raise, either with or without bent knees: Doing a singular leg is fine for me, I have no issues. However doing a double leg raise and I ...
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Lower back tightness after sprinting: strengthening?

After I sprint (usually 100m) for about an hour with breaks, I tend to feel tightness in my mid-to-lower back around the spinal cord. I am wondering if this is a symptom of a weakness (if so, how do I ...
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Experiencing cramps in posterior pelvic crest after even light jogs

Brief background: I am an experienced athlete, 30 yrs old, 190lb/5'11; I play soccer and have always had a very fast 300m. Last couple of months, I have been doing crossfit. I have been going up in ...
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Can knee flexion exercises improve hip extension strength?

I have hyperlordosis from being seated for much of the day. I understand that I need to stretch my hip flexors and lower back and strengthen my abdominals and hamstrings/glutes to help reduce the ...
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Is it good to roll your lower back with tennis ball?

As can be seen in the following link it is forbidden to practice with foam roller in the lower back. But is the situation is different with tennis ball?
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What are the best butt workouts men? [closed]

I want to know how to achieve perfect butt for men. Please explain it?
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Lower back rounding

Strengthening and building a muscle optimally requires the muscle to be stretched against resistance then contracted. Then why is it band to round the lower back,shouldn't it strengthen the spinal ...
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How to avoid overworking lower back?

How can I avoid overworking lower back? Everything I do hits lower back in some way... squats, deadlifts, rows. How can everyone do all these exercises that work the lower back, every one of them ...
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Correct exercise extension

I am getting a bit confused with extension exercises, e.g. Back Extension and Glute extension. I don't have a specific machine, so I improvise using my normal bench to do it. What is the difference ...
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Excercise to avoid Back Pain after crunches

There are number of articles saying some hip flexors inflexibility cause stress on spine and hence cause pain in lower back due to crunches or leg lift or even squats. What can i do as exercise which ...
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Lower back pain from carrying a baby

I have pain, from time to time, above each of my hips on my lower back caused by, for example, walking around with a baby. What exercises would you recommend for strengthening these areas. I can also ...
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Carrying a child out of a pram (back pain)

Working with toddlers, my girlfriend has to lift them in and out of various kinds of prams. That has led to lower back problems for her since the common lifting advice do not apply for all prams. In ...
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Preparing for moving to new house

A friend of mine is moving to his new house in a week, and I am going to help him with heavy lifting. However I am concerned with low-back injury prevention. My question is : how to best prepare ...
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Do planks tighten up hip flexors? (Back pain when doing core exercises)

So I have really tight hip flexors and weak glutes, abductors and abs. I've been trying to fix this problem by working my glutes, hamstrings and abductors but I want to slowly start doing ab ...
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How can I achieve this position?

I saw this picture: and noticed the straight upper and lower back. My hamstrings were tight, I stretched them a lot and I am able to touch the ground almost with the palms of my hands, but I think I ...
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How Long to Rest After Back Spasm

It's been three days that I have not hit the gym. I got a back spasm when I was doing squats due to heavy weights. My back is fine now but I feel pain sometimes in left of my lower back above my ...
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Back pain after standing still but not after walking [closed]

I was in public transport this day standing for about an hour. Now I noticed that I got quite a noticeable pain in my lower back (only 19 yo). I have noticed in the past that my lower back would hurt ...
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Lower back pain when performing lying leg raise

I was trying to do the exercise "Leg raising" : The problem is that : First it feels very difficult while raising my legs with a sharp lower back pain. Inaddition, during moving my legs up and ...
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Flat lower back and pain [closed]

I have pain in the lower part of my back. When I go to the gym I try to not overload that part of my body. I just bought a foam roller to stretch out my back before and after my workout. I also seem ...
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Should seated leg press be avoided?

Should seated leg press be avoided? https://www.t-nation.com/training/4-most-debilitating-exercises advises against using seated leg press: Unless you're an 86-year-old grandmother rehabilitating ...
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Back pain chart [closed]

Is there a chart describing via a figure or set of figures, with explanations, the different kinds of back pain one can experience and their causes? What about medical computer simulations, depicting ...
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Practical steps for preventing lower back issues (e.g. "throwing out" back)

Maybe an off-topic question, so if so please let me know where to post this. What at-home stretches/exercises/practices have helped you guys reduce the risk of a lower back injury, specifically the ...
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Ab workout with lumbar spinal stenosis [closed]

I am 32 years old, and a few months ago I had a lower back pains which kept me up at nights, NSAIDs eased the pain but I was left with a mild pain in the lower back. I had an x-ray which showed a ...
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