What I wanted to go through is How the Leg Extension Machine can be dangerous for your back?
How the Leg Extension Can Be Dangerous for Your Back
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When it comes to Leg Extension Machine or a machine that you are see in every gym, the very common exercise you see is straightening out the legs and then coming back. For some people, if they lack the hamstring flexibility, it changes the curve of the pelvis. Your pelvis will tilt back and your back will be flattening out. With the flattening out of the back, it exposes your back to undo stress and pressure which can end up with irritation, pain or full blown injury.
Slide Your Hand Behind Your Back
Here are the things you can do:
- You can avoid the exercise and do other exercise that work on your legs.
- You can eliminate the range of what you are doing. Like with Orsy, instead of going all the way straight, she can limit how far she go. She can do like 3/4 movement so that her hamstrings are coming in to limit her and change that pelvis.
- You can work on the flexibility in the hamstring. I did another video on what you can do about your tight hamstring.
- You can slide your hand behind your back and work on trying to keep the curve in your lower back. You can work on not changing the pressure up against your hand and then go through the movement.
So there you go! If you are doing the Leg Extension Exercise and it bothers your back, now you know why. You already know the four different things that you can do when it comes to Leg Extension Machine exercise that irritates your back or potentially injuring your back.
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Rick Kaselj, MS