back extensions

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    Jan 09, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    Just a question for you all about back extension exercises.

    I tend to have spasms in my back when I do 'em the old fashioned way, but not when I just hold a dumbbell behind my neck and do 'em. Is the dumbbell a viable alternative, or am I just doing something wrong when I do them the "normal" way?

    Thanks ya'll,
    SAHem
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    Jan 09, 2008 8:00 PM GMT
    i dont ever use weight on my neck or arms for back extensions. You will injure the back. The old fashioned way works for me....I assume you are talking about the chair that holds your legs prone and you are on your stomach, and extend your back down and up no more than 90 deg? That is, touch the ground, then come back up 180 deg with the floor in a horizontal position?
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    Jan 10, 2008 11:20 PM GMT
    At least twice a week, I use a version of the "Russian Chair" when doing back extension exercise at my gym. Here is a picture:
    http://www.bizrate.co.uk/fitnessequipment/oid592047849__nwylf--.html
    If I want to add resistance, I will hold a weight to my chest with both hands. (Keep this in mind: do your best to stretch your hamstrings before performing this exercise. You will have a greater range-of-motion upon flexion of your lumbar spine.) Hope this helps.
    Tim