The Importance of Conditioning and Strengthening Your Lower Back
Many of your favorite sports, hobbies, and daily activities recruit strength and stability from your lower back . Not only that, but lower back pain is one of the most common reasons to seek pain medications and interventional surgeries in America. Strengthening your lower back is an important aspect of your overall health and fitness, but you shouldn’t assume that your lower back is being properly strengthened and conditioned by non-targeted exercises. According to a recent study, isolated lumber extension strength should be improved through the use of an isolated exercise, such as the MedX cervical and lumbar equipment available at Vertex Fitness, rather than relying on other exercises like powerlifting training.
The Science Behind Isolated Lumbar Extension Strength
Isolated Lumbar Extension Training Increases Lower Back Strength
In addition, “However, Fisher, et al. reported that following a 10-week intervention trained males performing the Romanian deadlift (RDL) exercise showed no increase in isolated lumbar extension (ILEX) strength despite significant increases to their RDL 1-repetition maximum (RM). In contrast, a group training using ILEX showed significant increases in ILEX strength as well as in RDL 1RM. Low back strength is evidenced to impact performance across a variety of sports (including golf, weightlifting, powerlifting, soccer, ballet, etc.). Furthermore, since deconditioning of the lumbar extensor musculature appears closely related to low-back pain, it might be important for competitive athletes and coaches who are looking to maximize performance and minimize risk of injury to consider lumbar extension strength.”
As the study shows, it’s not enough to practice your regular training regimen without specifically targeting your lower back muscles using the kind of equipment that Vertex Fitness is now proud to offer.
To read the rest of the study:
(PDF) A comparison of isolated lumbar extension strength in competitive and non-competitive powerlifters, and recreationally trained males. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325229427_A_comparison_of_isolated_lumbar_extension_strength_in_competitive_and_non-competitive_powerlifters_and_recreationally_trained_males?enrichId=rgreq-ad1ab6ac3fa7f33892431bfebfe71a06-XXX&enrichSource=Y292ZXJQYWdlOzMyNTIyOTQyNztBUzo2Mjc3MjI4ODM3MTA5NzZAMTUyNjY3MjIwNjY3OQ%3D%3D&el=1_x_3&_esc=publicationCoverPdf [accessed Jul 10 2018].