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How Your Leg Workout Can Be Causing Harm to Your Back


Filed Under (General) by Rick Kaselj

I hope you enjoyed the fight over the weekend.

It was incredible to see how the fight captured the interest of so many people.

I was not able to watch but I kept up to date on what was going on through Twitter. It was the first time that I ever followed a sporting event on Twitter. It was fun and kept me in the loop with what was happening.

How Your Leg Workout Can Be Causing Harm to Your Back

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I wanted to explain how your leg workout could be leading to injuring and irritating your back.

A lot of times when it comes to our leg workouts and our leg exercises, we put unnecessary stress on our back leading to irritation, potential injury, and pain.

I wanted to go through one of them with Orsy. It’s an Inclined Leg Press.

Inclined Leg Press

Orsy does the traditional bilateral two legged. She unlocks it and straightens out and when she comes back her low back is flattening out. The flattening out of the back puts a lot of stress on the back.

We want to maintain that curve when it comes to low back area. What you can do is, you can still work on your legs as you do the Unilateral Inclined Leg Press.

Unilateral Inclined Leg Press

Orsy has got one leg up and she brings the other leg down which locks the pelvis so there is not as much rocking of that pelvis happening. It keeps that curve in the lower back and then she works her legs. And the other positive point is, she is working her hip a lot more because she has to stabilize.

Another thing that she can do is, she can slide her hand underneath her lower back and she can work on trying to keep that pressure on her hand and just working on her legs.

Hand underneath the back

There you go! When you are working on that inclined press, look at your back. You might be working your legs but when you get to that end position, a lot of times you are flattening your back and pressing it up against the pad. This exposes your back to unnecessary stress and potential irritation, pain or a full blown injury.

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Rick Kaselj, MS


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Would you agree that the same is true with a cable level leg press also?



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