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45 Degree Back Raise For Hams, Glutes & Lower Back???


#1

Guys, does anyone use the 45 Degree Back Raise to hit their posterior chain(Hams, Glutes & Lower Back)?? Is it REALLY effective?? A guys wants to sell me his for $100 because he's moving. It normally sells for $225-$250 and is practically brand new. I'm more of a bodybuilder than a powerlifter, but I still like to focus on getting stronger on my Deads & Squats, especially my Hamstrings. Do you think the 45 Degree Back Raise hits that area EFFECTIVELY?? What do you think??


#2

I'd get it if it was $100 for sure.

I like choking jumpstretch bands around the base and putting them over my neck.


#3

I own one of these and while i would rather have a GHR i must say they are pretty good. If you bend your knees a little you activate the hamstrings more and you can definitely feel it. Grab a 45lb plate and away you go. You can add bands for extra resistance and do them single legged for a bigger challenge. Great as a back prehab/rehab tool. For a $100 dollars you can't really go wrong.


#4

I agree with creed. that's how i train on the 45* by bending my knees a bit. I'd kill for a realy GHR with bench from ELITFS. Better than nothing i guess.


#5

Do these with a blue band around the base. it will tear you up.


#6

I also agree with creed. I use it a lot with no resistance to get blood flow to my lower back to ease pain and help recovery.


#7

I do these at least twice a week. Sometimes for recovery purposes, other times holding a plate or tow, sometimes with a barbell behind my neck and other variations. It's a great accessory lift.


#8

Actually,haven't Jim Wendler and other Westside dudes being using the 45 Degree Back Raise with a bar held behind their neck (on the traps)?


#9

Fat Panda, that's exactly how I plan to use it. With a weighted barbell on my shoulders going down and coming to a full extension. I REALLY want to strengthen my hams, glutes & lower back to increase my Squats & Deads. I heard they kill your Hams that way!!!


#10

Goldberg - I did raises tonight with bands and DAMN they hit hard. I've used 45 lb plates and even dumbells for more weight but the bands really take it up a notch. Excellent tip..Thanks!


#11

Only $100? Ask him if he has another one.


#12

I personally like using a barbell on the back, it works really well. If done on a parallel hyperextension bench with weight on the back it is even more difficult.


#13

I agree with everyone else these definitely hit your hams and low back hard and would be well worth $100


#14

You definately need to use bands for this otherwise there is not enough tension at the top of the raise to really hit the hams with the knees bent.


#15

Ok Goldberg, Baby Huey & Loopfit, I have two questions. How do you hold the bands after putting it at the base? Where do you buy the bands??


#16

Bands can be purchased at elitefts.com. Put it around your neck.

Train hard,
Ryan


#17

These are great with a Safety Squat bar or Cambered bar.


#18

Should you keep an arched back when doing these or is it okay to round?


#19

Depends what effect you are after. Rounded would hit your erectors more and arched would lessen their activity. Both are valid ways of performing the exercise.
Use both!


#20

Place the bands around the back or the front of the neck? I don't want to choke myself. LOL.....