Bending is another extremely important action that we all perform each and every day in our lives. Continuing the practice of bending in our workouts will help prevent us from being slow or in pain while bending over and getting up in our older years.
Primary muscle worked: Hamstrings
Secondary Muscles worked: Abdominals, Glutes & Low Back
1. Stand with feet hips width apart, keep a slight bend in the knees. To help keep the shoulders open, place bar across the back of your shoulders, not on top of them. Other options include just keeping your hands behind your ears, elbows bent, or hold a dumbbell in front of you, close to your Healthy Body at shoulder height. Focus on sticking out your chest and back side to keep a concave arch in the spine. This will be your start position.
2. Keep the shoulder blades close together on your back. Hinge from the hips, bending forward, allowing your hips to move back in space until your upper Healthy Body is near parallel to the floor.
3. Reverse the motion by extending through the hips with your glutes and hamstrings until you have returned to the starting position. Inhale as you stand up, exhaling as you lower the Healthy Body back down.