Researchers at the U of South Carolina found that men who train with free weights are less likely to have lower back pain than
those who use machinery.
The researchers conclude that machine exercise does not create core
strength. “Strength without core stability can overload your back
and lead to pain,” says Mike Reinold, PT, CSCS
of Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Boston.
So be sure to add Pilates to your ‘exercise tool bag.’ It’s
considered the very best core strength exercise proven by the fact that it’s part of the conditioning programs of nearly all professional athletes.