Swiss Ball Back Extension

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The back extension exercise works the muscles on either side of the spine. Performing the exercise on a swiss ball also works the core muscles as they need to stabilise the body.

Teaching points

  • Lay with your stomach and chest in contact with the ball, with the toes on the floor.  
  • Raise your chest up off the ball.  
  • Slowly lower back down to the starting position.

Variations and progressions

  • To make the exercise easier, perform it with the knees bent on the floor.  

Muscles worked

Alternative exercises

Related injuries