This exercise strengthens the muscles of the lower back that stabilize the spine, and also the glutes and abdominals.

Lower Back

The lower back is one of the most commonly pulled muscles in the body, and many of us are all too familiar with the pain associated with a lower back muscle strain. This month, we will be promoting lower back health by offering an easy and simple exercise to strengthen the muscles in the back, and one to increase flexibility in these muscles (The Rag Doll). In combination, these two exercises will promote lower back health and keep you injury free!

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  • Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor and hip-width apart
  • Slowly lift your hips off the ground until you create a straight line from the shoulders to the knees
  • Hold for a couple seconds, and then lower slowly
  • Do 10-12 repetitions

Want to take it up a notch?  

  • Lift one foot off the floor and point it straight towards the ceiling
  • Perform the hip bridge on only one foot
  • Do 5-8 repetitions and then switch legs