Hyperextension (hands behind hips)

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Hyperextension (hands behind hips)

Instructions

Preparation

Position thighs prone on large pad and lower legs under padded brace. Clasp hands behind hips.

Execution

Raise upper body until hips and waist are fully extended. Lower body by bending hips and waist until fully flexed. Repeat.

Comments

Adjust lower leg brace so pressure is evenly distributed on thigh pad. Do not pause or bounce at bottom of lift. Do not lower weight beyond mild stretch throughout hamstrings and low back. Full range of motion will vary from person to person.

Easier

Movement can be made easier by performing exercise on exercise ball and somewhat easier on 45° hyperextension apparatus.

Harder

Exercise can be made more challenging by crossing arms on chest. See Arm Position During Waist Exercises.

Classification

 Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Compound
 Force: Pull

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