Charles Poliquin, one of the world's most elite and respected strength and conditioning coaches awarded the Animal Kingdom as one of the top 10 gyms globally to visit based on the high end equipment, excellent training advice and the positive gym environment.
“The Reverse Hyper is one of the most valuable pieces of equipment in the gym, but it's interesting how most gyms don't have them and most people don't know how to use them”.
- Mark Patience, founder and owner of Animal Kingdom Gym, Australia
The Reverse Hyper addresses areas of the spine that are not usually associated with each other, It Increases strength,speed,power, posture and reaction time. It was created and made famous by Louie Simmons from westside barbell, one of the most influential caricatures in the scene of powerlifting.
The reverse hyper decompresses the spine allowing for no vertical compression of the spine whatsoever. The Reverse Hyper Allows for dynamic strength development in the concentric phase. It then in return acts as a reconstruction apparatus during the eccentric phase.
The spine is softly stretched and depressurised during the hyper extension hence allowing blood to flow through the lower back muscles, this allows the spinal column to be filled with spinal fluid. Lower back pain affects predominantly those above or between the age of 35 - 55.
Diseases such as osteoarthritis, hunchback, disc disease, rounded shoulders, osteoporosis, anterior pelvic tilt and some genetic conditions are linked to issues concerning posture and injuries. Some factors such as age, physical fitness, poor posture, smoking, genetics, excess weight, the type of work you do, and stress are all components that may increase the risk of developing back problems.
The “National Health Survey of Australia” estimates that around 3 million people (14% of the population) suffer from Lower Back Pain, it is also estimated that “70 - 90% of people will suffer from lower back pain” at some stage of their life cycle.
In conclusion, the Reverse Hyper is an essential piece of gym equipment which provides benefits for both athletes and members of the general public. “Based on how it positively affects the posterior chain of the body via muscle activation, strengthening and decompression, the reverse hyper is one of my number one picks for machines to be included in your routine.”