History of Roman Chair Exercise

Historically, Roman Chair Exercise involves 1 of 3 Repetitive Movements in ONLY 1 body plane at a time.

What a shame 🙁

Body Planes – courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

These 3 boring Roman Chair Exercise movements include:

1. Flexion, Extension, and Hyperextension

Lying face down, this repetitive up & down movement is focused on strengthening the hamstrings, glutes, and lumbar spine in the sagittal plane.

Lumbar spine flexion means bending forward whereas extension is the opposite direction.

Hyperextension is too much backward bending.

2. Abdominal Crunches

Here’s another repetitive up & down movement in the sagittal plane, except this time you’re lying face up.

Ab focused strengthening – again, only in the sagittal plane.

3. Oblique Abdominal Crunches

This repetitive Roman Chair Exercise involves lying on your side.

Designed to strengthen the oblique abdominals in the coronal plane.


What’s needed is an approach to encompass ALL body planes simultaneously.

LIFE requires we bathe and shower, use the toilet, dress, and groom ourselves – a lot – over the course of a lifetime.

That means we need a healthy spine able to Flex, Twist & Bend at will IN ALL BODY PLANES SIMULTANEOUSLY!

That’s what Roman Chair Spine Snake is all about!!!

Roman Chair Spine Snake is available at book retailers everywhere.

Dr Dave
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