Use the tab sets below to view a number of back strengthening exercises. We have arranged them into early stage exercises which are easier and are often done in the early stage of a back strengthening program and late stage or more difficult exercises and stretching exercises. The exercises will specifically strengthen the muscles of the back, however in any back strengthening program it is important to work the core muscles and abdominals.
Core Strengthening & Pilates
Core strengthening works on the muscles all around the trunk including oblique muscles and deeper muscles of the trunk.
Pilates exercises are a particular form of core strengthening popular with people aiming to relieve back pain and improve overall back health.
Back exercises should always be done pain free. If it hurts don't do it! Always seek professional advice before attempting exercises, particularly with back exercises.
Swiss Ball / Gym Ball Exercises
We also have a number of gym ball exercises which are also popular for strengthening the back and core muscles. Gym balls are found in all major gyms as well as being a popular piece of home exercise equipment.
The back exercises below work specifically the muscles in the back and are split into early stage which are less demanding on the lower back. All back exercises should be done pain free. If anything hurts then don't do it!
The late stage back exercises make use of weight training equipment and MUST be done with the correct technique. Over doing any back exercises can cause injury but be particularly careful when handling free weights.
We recommend seeing a doctor, physical therapist, personal trainer, gym instructor or athletic trainer before working the back, particularly with weights.