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Old 09-16-2005, 04:11 PM
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Default just coming off hernia surgery...

(hit the deadlift hard when i hadn't been doing it at all-stupid); anyway, still want to incorporate it in my workouts and plan to start slow; anyone have suggestions on equipment to use (i'm thinking belt and athletic supporter) and sites w/ technique help; thanks
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Old 09-24-2005, 02:08 PM
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[B]Take it SSSLLLLOOOOOWWWW!......

I had hernia surgery back in June...didn't go back to gym until Sept and scared myself with a groin pull within two weeks of being back.

Warm-up like it is a major part of your routine.

If you re-injure the area it becomes weaker and weaker. Take it slowly and build core muscles as stabilizers before hitting the weights again. Try some pilates.
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Old 09-24-2005, 02:13 PM
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Along with slow progression. You could try doing variations of the deadlift that put less stress on the area. Maybe something like Rack Pulls from a height that you feel comfortable with. Not sure if this applicable with a hernia, but it helped me take a lot of extra stress out of deadlifts when I had an injury.
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Try starting off with pullthroughs. You use a low pulley cable machine with the V-shape handles. Let the pulley pull your arms under your legs, then just pull up. Shitty explanation, I know. Just run a search.
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Old 09-24-2005, 03:00 PM
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I would also recommend doing exercises on those big ab balls.
http://www.megafitness.com/exercise-ball.html

like if you do dumbbell shoulder press, sit on the ball and do it instead of a bench with a back support, so you have to stabilize yourself. use light weight and start with your feet and legs apart so you get a feel for the ball. then gradually pull your feet together after each set so you use more stabilizer muscles.. also do this for db bench, seated curl, lateral raises anything you can think of that would require you to sit and use dumbbells.
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:46 PM
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anyone have suggestions on equipment to use (i'm thinking belt and athletic supporter) and sites w/ technique help; thanks
I would not reccomend using a belt. What your going to be doing is de-training your abdominals and supportive structure. You could actually make yourself more prone to future hernias this way.

There is an interesting article on why not to use belts. If I can find it again I'll post a link here.

Listen to the others: take it slow and build up your stabilizing muscles. Remember, your abdominals, including your obliques, and your back muscles all work in concert to stabilize your body and help protect you from injury. Relying on an artificial support is not going to make those muscles stronger.
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