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Are Superman good for lower back

Superman Lower Back ExerciseThe Superman exercise helps strengthen the lower back. Photo Credit

Overall, core development is an essential aspect of fitness, and the Superman exercise assists with this development. This exercise is designed specifically for the lower back and helps to strengthen those muscles. The Superman also provides a way to develop the lower back's flexibility. Because it has several variations, you're more likely to include it in your regular exercise routine.

The purpose of the Superman exercise is to strengthen the lower back region and indirectly the gluteus maximus muscles or more commonly referred to as the glutes. Other areas that the exercise may strengthen indirectly are the hamstrings. The lower back muscles are stretched and strengthened by extending the muscles in a similar fashion as to the way Superman flies, with his arms extended and legs straight behind him.

Perform the Superman exercise on a mat. Lay flat on your stomach with your arms extended in front of you on the ground as your legs are lying flat. Lift both your arms and legs at the same time, as if you were flying, and contract the lower back. Make sure that you are breathing and, depending on your fitness level, hold the movement for at least two to five seconds per repetition. Again, depending on your fitness level, perform between five and 10 repetitions and possibly two or three sets.

As CoreCoaching.com states, “The core muscles are the building block of athletic movement.” Most movements you perform through exercise or in your daily activities require use of core muscles. The Superman exercise is beneficial because it directly strengthens the lower back muscles, which are a part of your core. Considering that there are different variations of the exercise, you can work your core with different muscle groups.

As with any type of exercise routine, confirm with a doctor that you are physically able to perform an exercise before committing to the routine. If you have a history of a back injury or a bad back, reconsider performing the Superman exercise until you are comfortable and able to develop the lower the back muscles.


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