Trying those different machines in the gym could be quite intimidating, especially if it’s your first time using them. You wouldn’t want to be that weird guy humping the leg press machine, for sure. While other pieces of equipment are pretty self-explanatory and easy to figure out, some require a bit of research or guidance from the gym instructor, like that extension machine staling in the dark corner of your gym. If you’re feeling a bit embarrassed to ask, don’t worry because we got your back! And so does that back extension machine.

The Mighty Ol’ Back Extension Machine

Back muscles are one of the most important parts of the body that needs strengthening not only for that impressive physique but also because a strong back is necessary for keeping your spine healthy, preventing possible future injuries, and maintaining your walking balance, which again prevents possible future injuries.

Back Extension Machine. (Indiamart)

Now the back extension machine. This machine could be your friend or foe, depending on how you use it. You treat it right, and it gives you the gift of a nice silhouette, but you disrespect it by not using it properly, and it would curse you with eternal back pain and more. So here’s how to avoid that.

Although others are using this machine to train abs, the main purpose of it is, well, for the back extension. As defined by Healthline: