Roman Chair 45 degree twisting hyperextension

Roman Chair 45 degree twisting hyperextension

The Roman Chair 45-degree twisting hyperextension is an advanced exercise that targets the lower back, glutes, and core muscles. It involves using a specialized piece of equipment called a Roman Chair or hyperextension bench. This exercise is particularly effective in strengthening the erector spinae muscles, which help maintain good posture and provide stability to the spine. To perform this exercise, you start by positioning yourself on the Roman Chair with your hips resting just above the cushioned pad and your feet secured under the footpads. Gripping the handlebars or placing your hands on your temples, you slowly lower your upper body towards the floor, maintaining a controlled movement. At the bottom of the movement, the twisting component comes into play. With the abdominal muscles engaged, you use your lower back and oblique muscles to twist your torso to one side while maintaining control. Return to the starting position before twisting to the opposite side. The twisting motion adds an extra challenge and engages the oblique muscles, contributing to better overall core strength. It's important to note that the Roman Chair 45-degree twisting hyperextension exercise requires a good level of core and lower back strength. Therefore, beginners should focus on building a strong foundation before attempting this exercise. Additionally, proper form and control are essential to prevent injury and get the most out of the exercise. As with any exercise, it's crucial to listen to your body and avoid overexertion or pushing beyond your limits. Gradually increase the intensity and range of motion as you become more comfortable and stronger. Adding this exercise to your routine can help improve your posture, stability, and overall core strength. As always, consult with a fitness professional to ensure this exercise is suitable for your fitness level and goals.


  • Start by positioning yourself on the roman chair with your hips resting on the padded platform and your upper body extending over the edge.
  • Place your hands behind your head or crossed over your chest.
  • Engage your core muscles by tightening your abs and glutes.
  • Lower your upper body towards the floor, maintaining a neutral spine and keeping your head in line with your spine.
  • Pause briefly at the bottom position, then slowly raise your upper body back to the starting position.
  • As you raise up, twist your upper body to one side, bringing your opposite shoulder towards your hip.
  • Alternate the twisting motion on each repetition, ensuring a controlled and deliberate movement.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Maintain proper form during the exercise to target the muscles effectively.
  • Engage your core muscles throughout the movement for stability and support.
  • Start with a suitable weight or resistance level, gradually increasing it as you progress.
  • Breathe steadily and avoid holding your breath to ensure proper oxygenation.
  • Focus on the glute and lower back muscles while performing the exercise.
  • Perform the exercise in a slow and controlled manner to maximize muscle activation.
  • Listen to your body and avoid overexertion or pushing through pain.
  • Use a Roman chair or a similar equipment designed for this exercise.
  • Consider adding variations such as single-leg hyperextensions or side twists to target different muscles.
  • Consult with a fitness professional to ensure correct technique and appropriate implementation.


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