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Welcome to the second blog post in this ‘Lower Back Pain’ series. This week we will be exploring 4 basic exercises to start building strength in the glutes and core muscles. First, it is important to note that these exercises are generalized and if you have chronic back pain or have suffered from a back injury recently, you should be assessed by a physician prior to attempting these exercises. 

As an exercise physiologist, we hear the common mistake that people make when they come to us and say ‘I need to strengthen my back muscles’. However, this statement isn’t entirely correct. Yes, you make have ‘weakness’ (if that’s what you want to call it) in your lower back muscles, however, more commonly it is your gluteal muscle group (your backside) that is lacking the strength they need to allow you to complete the tasks you need to complete. Therefore, 3 out of the 4 upcoming exercises are related to the gluteal muscles, in particular, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Maximus and the forth video is an exercise for your core.

See below, a video we have put together to take you through some simple gluteal strengthening exercises. Watch for the technique tips to help you ensure you’re completing the exercises correctly.

Stay tuned for Part 3: Progressed Exercise for Lower Back Pain.