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Back Stretches: Wrong and Right Way Tips

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Have lower back tightness? Need to stretch your lumbar region?

Don’t become the Hunchback of Notre Fame by making the most common back stretch mistake. Many people incorrectly round the area that needs the least attention and neglect the tight lower back. Focus on the area needing extension and less tension with our right and wrong way tips shown in two common back stretch positions – standing and on all fours.


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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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9 Responses to Back Stretches: Wrong and Right Way Tips

  1. Sarah Kay Hoffman September 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Low back issues are no fun! I have so many. I stretch, chiro and PT…and a ton of foam rolling. Thanks for some additional things!
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  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta September 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I too have low back “issues.” Thanks for the video. Now I can be extra careful to stretch correctly.
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  3. Meg Root September 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Super nice video! A very common mistake we all make even as instructors. Thanks for the reminder. Love the location of the video too!

  4. Amy Good September 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Super big thanks! I’m going to try both tonight, along with the heating pad. Painting railings has caused my back to scream at me again :)

  5. Mariella Lombardi September 12, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    Hi girls,

    very good tips indeed. I have to say that I suffer from the hunchback problem for a long time now, mainly due to the fact that I am quite tall. It all started in school when I started to assume weird positions during class…I really need to take more care of my back..
    Thanks a lot for this very useful post

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  6. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 12, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    Low back pain is the #1 referral to physical therapy! I constantly hear this complaint from my patients so it’s always good to have more ideas to hand out. Thanks!
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  7. John Poole September 13, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    It’s nice to see that K didn’t stand on the grass, unlike her sassy doppelganger A. I bet the grounds keepers were glad you didn’t stretch on their well kept grass! ;-)

  8. Dr. Lynn K. Jones September 15, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Awesome video! I love how you used the sculpture to make a point! Bravo.
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