Why The Reverse Hyper is NOT GOOD for most people! (Part 1)


  • The reverse hyper is not a “one-size-fits-all”
  • Stop blindly prescribing the reverse hyper for back pain
  • It can cause more harm than good for most back injuries
  • Use alternative exercises to strengthen the back and core that don’t worsen the issue

The Reverse Hyper is NOT for everyone!

In this video, I will share my thoughts and experiences on the reverse hyper, covering its potential benefits, drawbacks, and alternatives. I do not do the reverse hyper, or prescribe it, or suggest that my clients or those reading this article use one.

The reverse hyper is a piece of equipment commonly associated with strength training and powerlifting, mainly popularized by Louie Simmons (inventor) and Westside Barbell. However, despite its widespread use, my experience with the reverse hyper was negative. Over ten years, using the machine as recommended worsened my back issues.

As a McGill Method Certified Practitioner, I emphasize evaluating each individual’s specific pain generators, MRI findings, and goals before prescribing any exercise. This thorough approach ensures that every exercise is carefully chosen based on its potential benefits and drawbacks, always keeping the individual’s goals in mind. Whether the individual is a Green Beret, a golfer, a powerlifter, or simply someone looking to improve their daily functioning, exercise selection should be approached thoughtfully and tailored to the individual’s needs. The reverse hyper is not a “one-size-fits-all” and needs to stop blindly being prescribed to people with no assessment! 


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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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