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Lower back pain is one of the most common problems facing the average office worker (which is a large part of the U.S Workforce.) Having to sit in a chair all day, hunched over your computer or phone leads to poor posture, tight hips, spine rigidity, and eventually debilitating pain.
The Reverse Hyper is a machine created by famed strength coach, inventor, and author Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell. After multiple broken vertebrae during his stint as a world-record breaking powerlifter, Louie invented the Reverse Hyper Machine to help himself rehab back to top-level form and step back on the platform.
Louie Simmons invented the Reverse Hyper to strengthen the posterior chain by targeting the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. By decompressing the spine without enacting any vertical compression, the Reverse Hyper is able to increase dynamic strength development in the concentric phase of the movement. Throughout the swing, the spine is stretched and depressurized, ultimately filling the spinal column with fluid and the lower back muscles with blood.
Although we often see the Reverse Hyper used in strength training facilities, it's also found in rehab facilities, chiropractor's offices, and physical therapy centers all over the world.
The Reverse Hyper is truly one of the best strength and rehab machines available.
This is the front of the DIY Reverse Hyper.
Modifications can be made, but all of the dimensions are designed to accommodate most people.
This is the side of the DIY Reverse Hyper Machine.
As you can see on the front, there is an option to use casters to allow for easy movement of the machine. Due to the construction, it's much lighter than made-to-order versions, yet still has quite a bit rigidity for the materials used.
If you'd like a Reverse Hyper but aren't too sure on building your own, there are many commercial alternatives that are tested and Garage Gym Reviews approved.
The Rogue Fitness RH-2 Reverse Hyper is the Reverse Hyper that we most often recommend. It combines outstanding build quality with a price that isn't beat by any other retailers.
Rogue Fitness is known for producing some of the best equipment in the industry, and the RH-2 Reverse Hyper is no different. featuring 2x3 steel construction with an overbuilt frame and vinyl top, the RH-2 is designed to meet the demands of strength training and rehab facilities alike.
If you want a Reverse Hyper and don't want to build one, this is what we would suggest.
If you're looking for the absolute cheapest way to own a Reverse Hyper outside of a DIY option, then we suggest the Titan Econonym H-PND Reverse Hyper. The Titan Economy H-PND is not capable of having the weight that many desire on a Reverse Hyper, but what it lacks in strength, it makes up for in value. It's one of the best priced reverse hypers available and does a pretty good job all things considered.
The Economy H-PND is a great start for those who have yet to find the effectiveness of the Reverse Hyper and is a model we recommend for the budget conscious.
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