The WORST Core Exercises To Do After Spinal Surgery (or in general)

When it comes to core exercises after a spinal surgery such a Fusion, Discectomy, or Laminectomy (or any corrective surgery for that matter) there are a number of exercises you need to stay away from especially early on in your recovery.

Most people I speak to who are coming off of major spinal surgery (after being released by their trusted provider) usually have a lot of questions when it comes to what exercises they should do like:

==> What are the best core exercises to do after surgery?

==> What are the safest core exercises to do after surgery?

==> What core exercises should I stay away from after surgery and/or will these core exercises cause more pain or damage?

In this video, I am going to cover 4 core exercises you should not do after spinal surgery as well as some bonus resources (below) that will point you towards some great exercises that are safe for you!

If you haven’t seen it yet here is a great video covering the top 10 Core Exercises safe for Spinal Fusions (these are perfect for anyone who have been operated on).

In the video above you will find some of my favorite core exercises, you can follow and adjust to fit your specific needs.

SO what are your goals with exercise? Build more confidence in your spine? Get out of pain? Regain strength after recovery?

Let me know in the comment section below!

Thanks for checking it out!


7 thoughts on “Core Exercises After Spinal Surgery – DON’T DO THESE EXERCISES

  1. So would you recommend avoiding lateral/oblique exercises and pilates moves like bicycle crunches, throwing medicine balls with rotation etc?

    Also would you include pilates table top and its variations along with any straight leg raise variations (eg scissors) as ones to avoid)?

    I have had a fusion (and am a happy subscriber to your program!).

  2. This is awesome. Thank you!
    Large herniated disc. No surgery but started in January 9 weeks of physical therapy and traction. Then Covid shut my PT place down. Been religious about doing the exercises they’ve prescribed. (Some trunk rotation ones too which just f me up so I don’t do these.. ). Getting stronger. About 60 percent better since January. I still can’t walk very far but the pain is more manageable and I don’t take drugs. I will totally incorporate these exercises you’ve shown here and am excited to start.
    Is there a safe way to do a downward dog? My lower back is soooo tight and looking for a safe way to stretch it. I will do what you have in the video too. Thanks so much for doing this!! Especially now more than ever as people can’t get to their physical therapy places (at least here in Illinois ). Take care. Be safe. Have a great day!

    1. Hey Laurie,

      Thanks for your comment! Keep listening to your body and pushing to get stronger! You will have ups and downs and that is totally fine! It’s all apart of the process.


  3. Brilliant as always. Even without having had surgery, I eliminated all lumbar flexion exercises to help overcome low back pain.

    And for what it’s worth, plank twists seem to be a staple in the new wave of HIIT classes. I’ve noticed them popping up pretty frequently the last couple of years.

    1. Hey Andrew,

      Thanks for the comment! I appreciate your response and you are so right. There will always be more and difficult variations to staple exercises that work just as good and will allow you to train longer in life.


  4. I had spinal fusion and before the surgery I used to the Russian Twist, but since the operation I have not done it, so thank you for reinforcing the change. While I was in therapy I was given the Wood chopper as a twisting exercise. is this appropriate ?

    thank you

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