Back Pain Exercises
The 10 Worst Exercises For Your Back
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A well-executed straight-leg deadlift is a fitness powerhouse: it works all the major muscle groups in one single movement. But if you allow your spine to round out during the exercise, your lower back will wind up doing all the work.
To perform this move properly, focus on keeping the core tight and your spine in a straight, neutral position. (Search: Proper spine alignment) When bringing the weight up past the knees, use your hips to pull up, not your back.