I struggle at times to listen to my body, and this is one such occasion.
“Nothing will change in your life until you open your mind to something new, that can transform your life sooner than later.”
A few days ago, as part of the workout prescribed for the day was nine sets of 1 rep of 80% one rep max deadlifts. That meant I was to use 275 pounds for the nine sets. For the two days prior, I felt the lower right side of my back was slightly tight. It’s ok to push and challenge myself, and I do know when I need to push or challenge myself but, also know when not to, I didn’t listen this time. Sometimes, I lift like I play poker, all-in. I knew I shouldn’t but did anyway. I set my bar up, got to my 80% and all the while, I felt the tightness in my back. No pain, just tightness.
I should have listened to my body and asked the coach for a modification workout
I’ve asked for modifications many times, but not today, I wanted to lift heavy. I felt The longissimus muscle fire up with each lift. That in its self isn’t what is causing me pain in my lower back now. First, I should have modified or not work out at all that day.[the_ad id=”564″]
I mentioned to the coach my longissimus muscles were firing up
she had asked if I was engaging my glutes and core, essentially squeezing them as I prepared to and kept engaging as lifted, I had not been. After engaging my core and glutes, the longissimus muscles did not fire up, and the deadlifts generally felt better.
So, not listening to my body, bad form and technique along with my back already tight, caused my lower back to tighten up even more to the point I had pain when sitting or getting up to stand resulting in the need to take a few days to break from the gym, something I don’t like to do, unless its a rest day of course.
On the bright side, I’ve been able to spend some quality time with body care at Yoga Central and thanks to Lori and her rolling classes, my back is getting back to normal faster than I thought it would! If you haven’t had a chance to roll for an hour or two, I recommend it, its worth it; your body will love you for it!
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I started on my fitness and nutrition journey when I was 53, and along the way, I became passionate about sharing my journey in hopes of inspiring others to begin their journey.