ADVANCED EXERCISES: LEAN BACK (WITH TILT)
The Lean Back (with tilt) applies maximum pressure to the mid-upper back, or thoracic spine. It requires a certain amount of strength and flexibility from your abdominal muscles; for this reason, we recommend that you feel comfortable with the Stomach Crunch before you attempt this manoeuvre.If you are in any doubt as to whether this exercise is appropriate for you, please consult your doctor.
The exercise is best done en-route to the starting position, when getting on to the backrack™ (please refer to the manoeuvre entitled Rolling Down in the Getting On section).When you begin to roll down the rack stop half-way down (as shown). Continue to breathe and do not strain your neck.
Next, put your hands behind your head and lean back into the upper curve of the rack. This will increase the pressure on your thoracic spine.