Any thoughts on the Reverse Hyper?
Yes or No? Good for low back strengthening?
A quote from Gift of Injury
“some athletes do well with the reverse hyper, while others it mimics their pain generators.”
It really just depends. It always hurt me, others it seems to help. It depends on what you have going on. Personally, I don’t prescribe them, esp if one has a history of disc herniations i.e. can’t tolerate flexion under load.
I took a few days to really think about this one. To piggy Back on what Brian said, it truly depends. At my gym we are judicious with you we use it, as I feel most lifters do not have the pelvic and hip control to truly get any benefit from it. I am not against it, in fact done properly and with the right athlete, you can see a tremendous benefit. I was properly trained how to use it here in Miami at Idolmaker and found that it helped me early on in my lifting career but as my spine worsened and I developed disc/nerve issues, it currently only triggers pain for me. In my experience, I would determine its use based on the level of athlete, their body awareness, current pain or injury triggers, and the cost to benefit ratio of adding a new movement to the regiment. As in all things spine extension and flexion related, choose wisely and it’s very subjective.
Hope this helps,