Boost Your Flexibility with the Back Press

The back press exercise strengthens your abdominal (stomach) muscles and improves spinal flexibility. Follow these steps to perform a back press:

  • Begin on all fours with your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulders. Keep your back straight and your neck in its natural position.

  • Press your back upward by tightening the muscles of your abdomen and buttocks. The top of your back will be rounded and your stomach area will be tight. (Imagine a Halloween cat with its back "up.")

  • Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds and return to starting position. Repeat the exercise 5 times. 

Illustration of starting positionIllustration of the second position.