I have a client who is kyphotic as well as slightly swayback whose physical therapist has prescribed roman chair back extensions. Personally, I think those exercises are for advanced exercisers and as a pilates instructor as well as personal trainer, I’m sure my client is more likely to end up with low back pain. Any comments?
I tended to have swayback. I have done exercises on the Roman Chair for over 16 years. I have never been injured from the exercise and feel that it has given me strength and stability.
Yes, it is a rather aggressive exercise and should be approached with some caution, and perhaps some prior less demanding lower back work. With clients, I may use it as part of a progression or periodization program.