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Declines

Does anyone think declines are bad for your back ?

just arch when you do flat bench to create a decline.

[quote]jjay wrote:
Does anyone think declines are bad for your back ?[/quote]

I’ve never even heard it questioned before.

[quote]4est wrote:

I’ve never even heard it questioned before.[/quote]

I agree.

Why would you think it is bad for the back?

they are not bad for your back. your the first person to ever ask this question lol

[quote]JNeves wrote:
4est wrote:

I’ve never even heard it questioned before.

I agree.

Why would you think it is bad for the back?[/quote]

Well in that position the wieght is pulling your spine instead of compressing it. I am just coming back from a hip / back injury . Right before I took time off I started doing declines and felt pain. That could be cuz the injury was already there .

lumbar traction/spinal decompression is actually used to treat a number of back problems… but if it hurts I would still stay away at least for awhile

I don’t think the exercise is bad, but I have found that not all decline benches are the same. I have been on a couple that I just don’t fit right in and that has given me pains in the back. Find a bench that you fit properly in and it shouldn’t be a problem.