What You Don't See In the Mirror: Lower Back

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Possibly the weakest and most forgotten muscle group I see with new clients is their lower back. People think that if they’re working their abs then they’re good, and they have a strong ‘core’. But as I explained here, training your lower back is a big part of core strength and overall stability. We notice everyday when we don’t have a strong core. When we’re carrying in groceries, or helping a sleepy 5 year old up the stairs. Those little twinges that remind us we should work on strengthening our back, but slip our mind by the time we’re in workout mode next.

Lower back work is something you can and should add to each of your workouts. Focusing on lower back for 5 minutes each workout will add balance to your daily life, and help with all around strength.

My favorite way to strengthen the lower back is using the ball. You don’t have to be in the gym to work, and you can do quite a few things with one simple piece of equipment.

What you can do: Back extension with hips on the ball Leg lifts - hips on the ball, hand on the floor Pike ups with feet on the ball

Adding 12 reps of each of these, and doing them all 3 times, 3 times a week will help strengthen your lower back and add much needed stability.

Don't forget your lower back. It may not be something you can see the results in the mirror, but it's so important to help with the results you see in the mirror.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]