The hyperextension is a popular beginner's back exercise which is usually done with a piece of equipment called the Roman Chair which is nowadays known as the hyperextension bench. Most gyms have this equipment; it's basically an inclined gym bench with platforms to lock your legs. The major muscle targeted is your lower back and it also works your glutes (buttocks) and hamstrings.
How to do it
Step 1: Just lie down face forward on the bench and lock your ankles properly at the bottom.
Step 2: Cross hand around your chest or keep them behind your head while you keep your back straight. This will be your starting position.
Step 3: Now bend down as far as you can while keeping your lower back straight and return to the original position. Repeat for desired number of reps
Tips: Make sure you keep your back straight when going back to the starting position. Do not arch your back or go down or come up to fast. Have a proper controlled motion to avoid back injuries. You can a put weighted plate across your chest to increase the resistance. It's also feasible to do this exercise on a regular bench. Ask a trainer to show you how.
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