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Back Exercises: Bridge

Please contact your local VHA Rehabilitation Provider for appropriate guidance before participating in the exercise described below.

The Bridge exercise strengthens your abdominal, buttocks, and hamstring muscles. This helps keep your back stable and aligned when you walk.

  • Lie on the floor with your back and palms flat. Bend your knees. Keep your feet flat on the floor.

  • Contract your abdominal and buttocks muscles. Slowly lift your buttocks off the floor until there is a straight line from your knees to your shoulders.

  • Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Man lying on back with head supported by pillow. His arms are flat on floor at his sides, palms down. His knees are bent, feet flat on floor. Arrow shows him lifting buttocks off floor.

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Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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