The Best Back Exercise for Powerlifters

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If you're a powerlifter, there are a few key exercises that you're going to want to explore. Learn about the best back exercise for powerlifters with help from a fitness industry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm T.J. Pierce with and today we're going to talk about the best back exercise for powerlifters. So most of the time when we talk about powerlifting and especially exercises for your back you're going to think of things like a deadlift, a snatch, a power clean which are all excellent exercises, however, most of those exercises work the phasic muscles so those are the muscles that really generate force. The exercise I'm going to give you is a Sorenson four minute back back test and what this is going to do is this is going to work all the tonic muscles in your back so this is all the little muscles that stabilize your pelvis, that stabilize your spine and the reason that that is important is if you over work your phasic muscles so like your glut muscles your low back muscles without working the deep intrinsic muscles is you're going to end up with a spinal injury. So by doing the Sorensen four minute back extension you're going to get the best of both worlds. You're going to get stronger and you're also going to prevent injury. So it's not as easy as it looks. I recommend you give it a try, anything below one minute is considered a fail, anything four minutes and above is considered an elite athlete. So what we're going to use today is a back extension machine. So I'm simply going to lock my legs into it. I'm going to get my legs as straight as I can. I'm going to put my arms over my chest. I'm going to lift myself up as high as I can and I'm going to try to hold that for up to four minutes. So best of luck, start with one minute and work your way up to four minutes. I'm T.J. Pierce with Pierce Family Wellness.


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