Let me introduce you to the Reverse Hyper…
For about 5 years now I’ve wanted to get hold of a reverse hyper after using one in a power lifting gym in London when I was teaching an Olympic Lifting course.
The ‘feeling’ is kind of like a cross between a pendulum swing with your lower body, a good morning, a hip extension on the GHD, a ‘superman’ on the floor and a hamstring stretch if you’re not particularly flexible.
Quite a lot going on there and I can clearly remember trying to copy the movement using everything from a GHD machine to an inflatable gym ball.
Sometimes, the movements got close to the same feeling but most of the time I ended up looking and feeling like a plumb. A YouTube ‘gym fail’ video waiting to happen. I’ve even seen a blog post written by a guy who constructed a homemade version of a Reverse Hyperextension contraption from a old tyre and a sheet of plywood. The end result in use looked like an odd mating ritual of spare hardware parts. The reality for me was that you can’t really replicate the exact movement without the machine.
Now I am delighted to say I have finally got one of these beauties for our beloved gym!
Yes!!! CrossFit Brit has a Reverse Hyper bitches!!!
You may have guessed by now that I’m somewhat excited about this.
Over the course of 15+ years, from my extensive experience, the most common ‘injuries’, ‘pains’ or concerns that people face are shoulders, knees or backs.
Back injuries tend to potentially be the most debilitating.
A weak back can be hidden by strong legs. Herniated disks or degenerative spinal conditions can lie ‘dormant’ with people for years because they don’t do anything good to strengthen or mobilize the area. Then all of a sudden you bend down to pick up a penny for good luck and BANG your back is screwed for what feels like forever.
Men and women alike will often suffer from all manner of injuries from muscle pulls to slipped disks when they deadlift too much weight with bad form.
They will then blame the deadlift for causing the injury rather than the real culprit, which is bad form, bad coaching or just doing something you weren’t strong enough to do. After the injury it’s common to hear that they will never deadlift or squat or whatever the movement was again and the same people will actively encourage you to not lift a weight again.
It’s like blaming your shoes when you fall over, when you didn’t tie your laces.
Stupid, evil shoes.
Now that I have a Reverse Hyper I want ALL of the wonderful CrossFit Brit crew to realize the benefits of this machine and use it frequently.
Here’s the history of the Reverse Hyper: