How to Use a Roman Chair

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A Roman chair can be used to do a number of exercises, but it's important to avoid rocking when using this equipment. Discover the importance of control when using a Roman chair to do dips with help from a personal trainer in this free video on using a Roman chair.

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Hi I'm Stephen Smith, owner of Viva Fitness in Atlanta, Georgia. I work at Urban Body Fitness also located in Atlanta, Georgia. Now I'm going to demonstrate how to use a Roman Chair. Place your hands on the handles here, lower back pressed in firmly. Feet in front of you. One of the big problems you find when people use a Roman Chair is they rock, they let their feet go back behind them and rock, keep the heels out in front, pull the knees up, contracting the abs, rolling the hips forward and down. Control is a key thing to do when using the Roman Chair, contract and hold and come down. If you're really strong you can extend the legs out, lifting straight up and coming down. You can alternate the knees again double the knees or with straight legs. The Roman, this particular Roman Chair can also be used for doing dips. To do a dip place the hands on the chair, keep the shoulders in line with the hips, let the body go down and up. Remember you don't want to rock, go down and come up, fully extending down and up.

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