Peter Miller’s health tips: How to perform the low cable row exercise
I had back surgery at Laser Spine Institute a little more than five years ago, and I still remember my first steps after surgery. I was nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect. But as my feet touched the floor, I realized that I didn’t feel any pain in my back. I remember thinking that the pain would kick in, but it never did. Now, several years later I’m still living without pain in my back.
After my surgery at Laser Spine Institute, I realized the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help keep my back strong. One of the best ways to keep my back in shape is to work on strengthening my core muscles. If your doctor has approved you for physical activity and exercise, I encourage you to incorporate core-strengthening exercises such as the low cable row into your routine.
The low cable row is an excellent exercise for improving your lower back muscles and core strength. Here’s how to use the low cable row machine:
- Position yourself comfortably at the low cable row machine, and adjust the weights to suit you. Your knees should be bent.
- Lean forward and grab the V-bar handle with both hands. Keeping your arms straight, pull back until you are sitting upright.
- With your back slightly arched and chest pushed out, pull your arms into your abdomen.
- Repeat this motion until you complete your set.
The exercise itself is not difficult, but I have some tips that will help you get the most out of this workout.
- First, don’t try to push yourself too hard. Remember to start slow and work up to heavier weights and more repetitions.
- Second, the key is — when you pull up — to flex your chest out and tighten your back. This helps to strengthen your core.
- Finally, the most important part is to isolate your back and really pop out your chest at the end movement.
Exercises such as the low cable row can strengthen your back and help prevent future neck or back pain. If you’re unsure about how to perform an exercise, make sure you seek the advice of a trainer. Performing an exercise incorrectly can cause an injury.
Remember to always be safe when working out, and check back next month for my next health tip!