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Table 1 Trunk Strength and Endurance Program using the Backstrong Apparatus

From: The immediate and long-term effects of exercise and patient education on physical, functional, and quality-of-life outcome measures after single-level lumbar microdiscectomy: a randomized controlled trial protocol

Phase Goals Week Training Level Sets Reps Hold Time Rest Length/Reps Rest Length/Sets
Teaching 1. Correct Technique
2. Identification of Starting Training Level
1 2 Levels < Submax Test Level 1 4 30 30 NA
   2 2 Levels < Submax Test Level 1 4 30 30 NA
Strength I 1. Level 6 for 20 seconds 3 2 Levels < Max Test Level 2 3 30 30 60
   4 2 Levels < Max Test Level 3 3 30 30 60
Endurance I 1. Submax level for 90 seconds 5 2 Levels < Max Test Level 1 6–8 Max* Max* NA
   6 2 Levels < Max Test Level 1 8–10 Max* Max* NA
   7 2 Levels < Max Test Level 1 8–10 Max* Max* NA
Strength II 1. Level 6 for 20 seconds 8 1 Level < Max Test Level 4 5 30 30 60
   9 1 Level < Max Test Level 5 5 30 30 60
Endurance II 1. Level 6 for 180 seconds 10 1 Level < Max Test Level 2 4 Max* Max* 180
   11 1 Level < Max Test Level 2 5 Max* Max* 180
   12 1 Level < Max Test Level 2 6 Max* Max* 180
  1. * Up to 90 seconds