Watch the video below to see a demonstration of proper form and technique for the contralateral superman exercise. You can also check out some more lower back exercise videos or find exercises for other muscle groups.

Instructions for Contralateral Superman

To perform a set of contralateral superman:

  1. Starting Position

    Lie prone on a mat with your legs straight and yours arms overhead and fully extended. Your trunk should be in a neutral position to start.

  2. Concentric (Upward) Motion

    Simulataneously raise your left leg, still fully extended, and right arm and chest off the ground about 6 inches (15cm) or until you can no longer maintain a neutral position of your lower back.

  3. Top position

    Pause at the top postion for a 2 sec count while maintaining whole body tension.

  4. Eccentric (Lowering) Motion

    Slowly lower your leg and arm, under control, back to the ground. Remember to breathe normally throughout the entire movement.

  5. End position

    Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have completed the desired number of contralateral superman repetitions for each side before resting.

This completes one set of contralateral superman.

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