Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell broke his back twice, and while he was recovering from the first incident in ’73, he invented the reverse hyper.
According to Simmons, the patented machine builds strength and range of motion at the same time, and he believes it has restorative qualities that will do wonders for back problems. The reverse hyper creates traction, opens up the discs and rotates the sacrum, and athletes such as A.J. Roberts swear it’s the best thing for your body after a heavy squat. Simmons himself will use the machine several times a day.
“I’m 62. I just pulled (a) 670 deadlift easy two weeks ago in a meet. If it wasn’t for reverse hypers, it wouldn’t have happened,” he says.
Additional reading: Tuning the CrossFit Athlete Part 2 by Daniel Christie, published Jan. 28, 2010.