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Old 06-23-2009, 05:32 AM   #1
Keun Hyung Lee
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back extention is not a functional movement.

Mark Riptoe said, the back extension is not a functional movement.
why CF do the backextension? and the Romanian DL, barbellrows are not functional??? I've never seen them in WODs. Why?

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Old 06-23-2009, 07:16 AM   #2
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

Because they are still a great exercise for strengthening your body.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:24 AM   #3
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

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Mark Riptoe said, the back extension is not a functional movement.
why CF do the backextension? and the Romanian DL, barbellrows are not functional??? I've never seen them in WODs. Why?
It seems to me that Rippetoe always supports his statements with some pretty good information. Why did he state that the back extension was not functional?

If nothing else, I can't imagine that the additional support about the spine in some way aids a weightlifter in being strong with weight overhead.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:25 AM   #4
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

there are currently two definitions (probably more but hey) for a functional exercise
replicates a movement performed in real life

uses lots of muscles or in some other way works really well despite not doing the above.

this exercise falls into the latter category.(imo)
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:35 AM   #5
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

Back extension can be functional: You drop something important or heavy (or a child or pet falls) down off an edge or ledge or pier. The only way to get them safely, in this particular scenario, is to anchor your legs, bend at the waist, reach down, and lift up.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:37 AM   #6
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

yay, this topic again.

what exactly does "functional movement" mean anyway?
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:48 PM   #7
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

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there are currently two definitions (probably more but hey) for a functional exercise
replicates a movement performed in real life

uses lots of muscles or in some other way works really well despite not doing the above.

this exercise falls into the latter category.(imo)
As far as I can tell, there are also two definitions for "non-functional" exercise:

1) An exercise that the person using the term doesn't like.

2) An isolation exercise.

These definitions are not mutually exclusive.

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Old 06-23-2009, 03:03 PM   #8
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

I would like to see where Rip said that.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:23 PM   #9
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

The back extension is very similar to the reverse hyper, the only difference is the back is stationary while the posterior chain is moved. And it was invented by Louie Simmons, who knows the meaning of "functional" very well.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:39 PM   #10
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Re: back extention is not a functional movement.

Anything that doesn't involve sitting in a chair and doing nothing is functional

edit: Rippetoe is the man, no doubt. But please, don't take everything that comes out of his mouth at face value. Especially the pre-CF, powerlifter Rip.

That being said, I do encourage you to read all his stuff. Whether you agree with him or not, the stuff that he says is hilarious.

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