Back Workout 7

  • Complete in one circuit with minimal rest in between exercises.
  • Rest 1-2 minutes and then complete the circuit a 2nd time.

Russian Twist

1. Start by sitting on the floor with hips and knees flexed to approximately 90 degree angles.
2. Grasp a medicine ball or small dumbbell and swing it to the right and left as you keep the hips from rotating with the shoulders.
3. The arms are not perpendicular to the torso, but instead, kept low, near the thighs, as the medicine ball is swung to each side.
3. Repeat for the prescribed repetitions.

Bent Knee Barbell Goodmorning

1) Stand with feet shoulder width apart with knees slightly bent (at 20°).
2) Start position: Grasp bar with overhand grip shoulder width apart. Back should be straight in a neutral position.
3) Bending at the hips, lower bar to approximately knee height. Keep knees bent at 20° throughout movement.
4) Return to start position.
5) Remember to keep back straight - movement should occur at the hip. To facilitate this, shift glutes back as if ready to sit down. Knees should not move forward beyond the toes.

Bicycle Crunch

1) 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) Start position: Place hands behind head. Straighten right leg.
3) Leading with the chin and chest towards the ceiling, contract the abdominals and raise shoulders off floor or bench. During the crunch, bring right knee towards chest.
4) Return to start position and repeat with the left leg.
5) Remember to keep head and back in a neutral position. Hyperextension or flexion of either may cause injury.

Dumbbell Squat and Rotational Swings

1. Start position: Holding a dumbell in each hand start in squatted position with dumbells between legs.
2. Start movement by standing up and keeping arms straight rotate shoulders and trunk towards the left.
3. Return to the starting position and repeat to the other side.
4. Repeat for the prescribed number of repetitions.

Arm Rollout on the ball

1. Start by kneeling on the ground and placing one arm on top of the ball.
2. Keeping your abs tight and body parallel roll the ball forward letting your body roll forward with it.
3. Reach a point where it is hard to maintain stability and then using just your arm bring the ball in towards your body.
4. This is a great ab exercise but remember to keep your hips parallel with your body the entire time and just use your arm to move the ball forward and backwards.