Working out with Michael Slater

Regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for ankylosing spondylitis (AS).  Work out with Michael Slater, former Australian cricketer, as he demonstrates exercises to help you manage your condition.

Slater has been living with AS since he was 18 years old and considers it his greatest test.

Michael Slater’s greatest test

  • 1m 20s

    AS Exercise Video: Promo

  • 1m 57s

    Dr Louis McGuigan Introduction

  • 8m 45s

    AS Exercise Video: Part 1

    Introduction Exercise 1. Seated rotation Exercise 2. Head turning Exercise 3. Trunk curl & stretch Exercise 4. Full back stretch

  • 7m 20s

    AS Exercise Video: Part 2

    Exercise 5. Back arch Exercise 6. Upper body rolling Exercise 7. Full body stretch Conclusion by Michael Slater.  Credits


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Ankylosing spondylitis exercise tips

  • If you have AS, it is important to maintain good posture and mobility of thespine. The exercises in these demonstration videos are designed to help you do this.
  • You should do some specific exercises for your AS every day. These demonstration videos highlight several key targets and are designed to get you started. Consistency is the key to gaining maximum benefit.
  • Remember, everyone is different and can manage different activity levels. None of the exercises in these demonstration exercise videos should hurt, however, you should feel a good stretch.
  • Exercises which move and stretch the body, strengthen the postural muscles which help keep you up straight, and improve your breathing and chest expansion are all important. At least 30 minutes of specific exercise should be done each day, targeting different parts of the body and different movements, ensuring the whole body is stretched and moved daily.
  • The best exercise programs are individually tailored. A physiotherapist can help design a program to meet your specific needs.
  • Activities and sports that improve your general fitness are an important inclusion in your total management plan.

You can also order your free copy of the DVD Working out with Michael Slater, by clicking here.


AbbVie provided an educational grant to Arthritis Australia to support the production of this video. With over 10 years dedicated experience in rheumatology, AbbVie has been a long-term supporter and partner with the Australian arthritis community working towards delivering quality education, information and total health outcomes for people living with arthritis.