Quick Rant: Reverse Hypers – New Series Coming Soon!

Quick Rant: Reverse Hypers – New Series Coming Soon!

The reverse hyper, originating from Westside Barbell, is among the most renowned workout equipment. I’ll detail the reverse hyper in an upcoming in-depth video. However, before that, I felt compelled to address the misconception surrounding it as a “one-size-fits-all” solution for lower back pain. This notion couldn’t be farther from reality.

I utilized the reverse hyper from 2003 to 2013 in hopes of alleviating my back pain. Unfortunately, after a decade of use, my condition not only persisted but worsened. I’m not alone in this disappointment; numerous clients sought relief through the reverse hyper, only to exacerbate their pain.

It’s important to clarify that this critique is not a personal attack on Westside Barbell or Louie Simmons, the creator of the reverse hyper. I have immense respect for Louie and Westside and their contributions to powerlifting. However, it’s crucial to understand that the reverse hyper isn’t only sometimes beneficial. All back pain is not the same. As with an injured leg, we don’t blindly treat a lower leg injury or pain with calf raises; we need to be much more precise than a wild guess. While it may help some individuals with low back pain, for many, it aggravates symptoms and damages the spine further.

Reverse Hyper Rant Video

New Series Coming Soon!

In the near future, I will be releasing a four part series on the reverse hyper to go further in depth of my thoughts from this rant. Stay tuned!

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Brian Carroll

Owner and Founder at PowerRackStrength.com
Brian Carroll is committed to helping people overcome back pain and optimizing lifts and movement. After years of suffering, he met back specialist Prof. McGill in 2013, which led to a life-changing transformation. In 2017, they co-authored the best-selling book "Gift of Injury." On October 3, 2020, Carroll made history in powerlifting by squatting 1306 lbs, becoming the first person to break this record. He retired with a secure legacy and a life free from back pain.
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