Back Workout 1

Lumbar Roll

1. Lie on your back with your legs in thighs perpendicular to the floor and your knees bent.
2. Keeping your shoulders on the ground slowly rotate your legs to the right until they touch the floor.
3. In a controlling manner bring your legs back up to the starting position.
4. Repeat with the other side.

Straight Leg Obliques

Starting Position: Lie on your back and raise your legs straight into the air.
Rotate your legs keeping them straight to the side and the then return to the starting position. Repeat to the other side.


1) Start position: Lie face down on floor with hands down at sides. You may place a rolled towel under forehead to clear face from floor.
2) Raise chest and head off floor keeping feet in contact with floor.
3) Return to start position.
4) To increase resistance, extend arms and place hands overhead.
5) Do not raise head past 8-12 inches - excessive hyperextension may cause injury. To vary exercise raise feet while raising trunk.

Pushup Bridge

1. Get on your knees and place hands on the ground.
2. Start position: Align hands at nipple line, place feet hip width apart on toes, and extend the arms to raise body up. Trunk and hips should be in a straight line.
3. Hold for the recommended number of seconds.

Side Bridge

Start on your side and press up with your right arm.
Form a bridge with your arm extended and hold for the prescribed number of repetitions.


1. Start position: Lie back onto floor or bench with knees bent and hands behind head. Keep elbows back and out of sight. Head should be in a neutral position with a space between chin and chest.
2. Leading with the chin and chest towards the ceiling, contract the abdominal and raise shoulders off floor or bench.
3. Return to start position.
Remember to keep head and back in a neutral position. Hyperextension or flexion of either may cause injury.

Single Leg Knee to Chest

1. Lie back and grasp one leg behind knee. Other leg should be straight on floor.
2. Pull knee towards same shoulder. Back should remain flat on floor.
3. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat as prescribed.

Low Back (lying)

Lie on your back and bring both your knees to your chest.
Pull on the back of your knees towards your head until you feel a stretch in your back.

Letter T Stretch

1. Lie on back with right knee drawn toward chest.
2. Slowly bring bent leg across body until a stretch is felt in the lower back and hip area.
3. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat as prescribed.
4. Remember to keep shoulders squared and flat on ground at all times. Bottom leg should remain straight.

Double Leg Knee to Chest Stretch

1. Lie on back and place hands behind knees.
2. Pull both knees in to chest until a comfortable stretch is felt in lowervback.
3. Hold for 20-30 15 seconds. Repeat as prescribed.
4. Remember to keep head relaxed on floor.