Strength legend Louie Simmons swears by the reverse-hyper machine he invented after breaking his back. In this two-part video, Kelly Starrett explains why the device works and why you might want to put it in your gym.
In Part 2, Starrett explains how you should use the machine. The goal isn’t to drive hard right out of the bottom but rather to let momentum elevate the weights before the muscles engage to finish the movement. Athletes also shouldn’t over-extend their spines by swinging to a great height. A neutral position is best for the spine, and the finishing position is probably lower than you think.
Finally, Starrett looks at how the hyper can use traction to restore spinal movement. By creating motion, you can encourage more blood flow and healing—which is important for athletes who are regularly loading their spines with big weight.
Additional reading: The Athletic Hip by Dan Hollingsworth, published Nov. 22, 2010.