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Old 12-30-2008, 01:41 PM   #1
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So my lower back feels pretty tight today should i go ahead with my workout or give it another days rest? Today is a back day. Should i just make it a light day or wait till tomorrow and do todays tomorrow? Tomorrow is actualy a day off. Any advice?

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Old 12-30-2008, 01:57 PM   #2
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Got a foam roller and/or tennis ball? That seems to help me tremendously. Key is whether you're talking tightness or pain.

I do a 1-10 pain rating like doctors have you do. I go ahead and lift at near target weight with a 1 and maybe less with a 2. I do very light with a 3 and shift workout day if higher than 3. When I am experiencing the back pain, I also record the rating about a half hour after the workout and also the following morning. If number gets worse by next day, you know you overdid it.

I thought of this on my own so be careful. I am still looking for medical advice that this is not a bad approach.

BTW, a 10 on my 1 to 10 scale means go to the doctor right now...
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its like a 1 on the meter. Its not a pain. Just tight. I think i would be ok with a light work out and only doing 2 sets and not 4 like normal.
Just thought id get some opinions on this though.
Thanks Doo
oh the cool thing is my aunt is basicly a doctor so all i got to do is go see her and i wont get charged.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:29 PM   #4
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I would do something I never take the time to do, ....STRETCH!
Not just a couple of trunk twists, but spend 20 minutes stretching your back and hammies (and anything else you can think of.
Then I would go ahead with BACK but I would focus on lighter weight and higher reps for today. Like the 8 to 15 range. It might be a nice change of pace for you? Better safe than sorry right?
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i do stretch. i also go from light to heavy. sometimes i do heavy for a week then light for a week then sometimes i do light oneday and heavy the next. just to try and switch it up so my body dosent get use to just working out one way.
but ya better sorry then safe.
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why is your back tight?
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Preacher curls make me have to use my lower back muscles cause of the way i have to do them. Its not a bad tight though. The muscles just feel stimulated.
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It sounds like your form is abit out if its causing you lower back problems Dean...
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it cause of the way i have to do them. Its not really a problem. Its just a little tighter then usual.
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