1.Don’t Do Lower-Back Exercises Early In the Workout
In any free-weight back exercise where you’re pulling some pretty heavy weight it’s super important that you stay in your natural spine curvature, rather than rounding it out during the rep.
The reason you don’t want a rounded spine is because that makes you more susceptible to a disc injury which can seriously hold you back as a weightlifter.
Your lower back muscles play a large part in helping to keep your back straight so you definitely don’t want them tired when you hit that heavy weight. Hit your lower back exercises last in your back routine.
2. Don’t Be Tempted To Look Up In The Mirror!
Okay okay we all love checking ourselves out in the mirror but avoid this temptation when doing exercises where you’re bent over. During these exercises there is pressure pulling on your shoulders, lats and right into your spinal column, so if your neck is out of position this creates a new opportunity for disc damage.
But don’t worry, just remember to keep your head aligned in the same direction as your torso during any rowing movement. This means if your body is bent over at 45 degrees, then your head should be at 45 degrees too. Don’t look up!