Hyper extensions

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2005/08/01 16:52:35 (permalink)

Hyper extensions

At my new gym there's a hyper extension station. I've never done these before but i'm intrigued. I've only ever seen one person using a medicine ball whilst doing them but the gym isn't exactly hardcore. Few questions..................

Would you use weights whilst doing them?
Would you hold plates against your chest or use a BB?
If you use a BB are these more or less good mornings?
Would they be a Deadlift equivalent or substitute?
What do you think of the exercise generally?

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    RE: Hyper extensions 2005/08/01 17:57:35 (permalink)
    A lot of people swear by hypers. Personally I don't touch them thou

    If you havent done them before I'd suggest starting with no weight at all, or even better doing the movement laying on the floor until you are sure your back can hack it.
    I know a few years ago I tried them and pulled my back something rotten. If I did them now I think I'd be fine as my back is a lot stronger, but its worth testing the water first!
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    RE: Hyper extensions 2005/08/01 18:21:23 (permalink)
    I have had lower back problems in the past, and ended up having discs removed. The physio recommended hyperextensions twice a week for me, and I've been doing them for six years, on and off.

    I find that if I miss a couple of weeks, my back seems less supple. I started with two sets, 10 reps, twice a week, with my arms crossed, and my hands on opposite shoulders, working up to three sets of 10 reps, with a plate held against my chest.

    I find I get a better workout if I push my head back towards the hyper machine as far as possible at the bottom end of the movement - a lot of people stop short of full ROM IMHO.


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