How Your Leg Workout Can Be Causing Harm to Your Back

How Your Leg Workout Can Be Causing Harm to Your Back

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Inclined Leg Press

I wanted to explain how your leg workout could be causing injuries and irritating your back.

When it comes to leg workouts, we often put unnecessary stress on our backs, leading to irritation, potential injury, and pain.

I’ll go through one of these exercises; the Inclined Leg Press.

Inclined Leg Press

Unilateral Inclined Leg Press

During the traditional, bilateral two-legged incline press, you unlock the weight and straighten the legs. When you come down with the legs, your low back flattens. This flattening out of the back puts a lot of stress on the back.

We want to maintain that curve when it comes to the low-back areas. You can still work on your legs as you do the Unilateral Inclined Leg Press.

Unilateral Inclined Leg Press

Move one leg up and bring the other down, foot planted on the floor. This position locks the pelvis, so there is not as much rocking of the pelvis. This keeps that curve in the lower back as you work your legs. You also work your hip a lot more because you have to stabilize.

You can also slide your hand underneath your lower back and try to keep that pressure on your hand the same as you work on your 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, often you are flattening your back and pressing it up against the pad. This exposes your back to unnecessary stress, potential irritation, pain, or a full-blown injury.

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Rick Kaselj, MS

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