When dealing with back pain, it can tend to be the only thing on your mind. Like being under the weather, back pain can almost halt life until it is cured. A surefire way to help deal with low back pain is through strengthening.
Strengthening the lower back along with the surrounding posterior muscles (hamstrings/glutes) will act as a defense layer against soreness and pain. With so many muscles in the posterior chain, choosing the correct exercises to strengthen them can be difficult... UNTIL NOW!!!
The reverse hyper is THE go-to exercise designed specifically for attacking and strengthening the posterior chain. In this article, I will be teaching you the benefits of the reverse hyper, a how-to guide, and more tips for improving low back health.
Benefits Of The Reverse Hyper:
The reason why the reverse hyper is so powerful is that it targets muscles that are typically left dormant, weak, and underutilized.
Other than the muscles in the lower back and hamstrings, muscles in the glutes such as the Gluteus Medius and Piriformis get neglected when treating the lower back. When left unattended, glute muscles often become tight and weak, resulting in a great deal of lower back pain.
When it comes to the reverse hyper, the glutes play a large role in the movement of the exercise (specifically towards the top of the movement). Strengthening the glute muscles has a positive effect on the lower back. When glute muscles are left tight and weak, this can be detrimental to balance, posture, and even nerves linked within the lower back.
Being able to work the low back, hamstrings, and glutes all in one movement is the beauty of the reverse hyper. Most back exercises (such as the deadlift and good morning) will leave you nursing your back with every rep.
Reverse hyper exercise is a safe and easy way to work these muscles without the risk of injury and total body stress.
How To Reverse Hyper Visual Aid:
Below is a video and some tips on how to correctly complete the reverse hyper exercise.
Reverse Hyper Tips:
- When at the top of the reverse hyper, contract hard while squeezing the glute muscles (the most important part of the movement).
- Do not have uncontrolled extension!! Keep a sturdy upper body (hold on for stability)
- Focus only on extending at the hips during reverse hyper (try not to arch the back, keep hips in line with back)
Reverse Hyper Progression:
To further progress the reverse hyper movement, increasing resistance by holding a dumbbell between your feet or using a resistance band has been proven effective. This will further isolate the movement and give faster acting results.
Reverse Hyper Movement:
With plenty of variations out there, the reverse hyper is in a league of its own. No lower back or glute exercise targets the full posterior chain in an effective way as the reverse hyper.
The reverse hyper is right in the pocket of giving maximum value from a movement while not exposing the user to be put in a vulnerable position that could result in injury.
More Lower Back Relief:
Keeping mobility in the lower back and posterior chain is just as important as strengthening it. Staying mobile through flexibility exercises will help relieve any built up tightness that is potentially causing you pain. Learning proper stretching techniques before you strengthen your muscles will have your low back thanking you. I and many others have been down this road multiple times. I was in and out of doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors offices and this program below is what ended up relieving my muscle pain for the better.
Another great way to relieve lower back pain is through deep tissue muscle massage. If you are looking to save yourself some money and trips to the chiropractors office, you need a proper tool that is equipped to get in those hard to reach places. The QL Claw is designed specifically for deep tissue muscle release.
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If you want to further your back strengthening journey and want more exercises (other than the reverse hyper) and proper coaching. Check out my strengthening program below.
 Donnelly, Joseph M. Travell, Simons & Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: the Trigger Point Manual. 3rd ed., Wolters Kluwer Health, 2019.