Losing form + too much weight = injury

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    Mar 19, 2011 6:03 PM GMT

    Ended up pulling a muscle in my lower back this week when I was too aggressive with the amount of weight I was using for crouching cohen curls... plus my mind was wandering and I lost good form. Oh yea, and plus I have to remember I'm not a kid anymore!

    So frustrating because I've been so consistent with my workouts and now I've been out of the gym for three days. Just got back in it this morning with some light cardio and stretching.

    Lesson learned, I swear I'll never do that again.

    Rant over.

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    Mar 19, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Slow down you old fart. icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 19, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidSlow down you old fart. icon_razz.gif


    I know, I know!!

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    Mar 19, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Poor guy. Glad you're back on track! =)
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    Mar 19, 2011 11:56 PM GMT
    Hey man....The same thing happened to me....I was lifting and *BAM* I strained my back....Have been down until this week....Chin up ...and listen up..Just by the way you expressed yourself...we all can tell that fitness is truly important to ya....Don't judge yourself for not being able to workout...it was beyond your control...Just take it slow for now....Build yourself up....We're here for support....BUD
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    Mar 20, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    DJ- I do something like this once every four months or so! Here I am, six weeks out from the Tough Mudder and I just rolled an ankle while running. Same gig... mind wandering, form all over the place.... I usually take these little injuries as a reminder to pay attention... but I still haven't learned!
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    Mar 20, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    Don't worry about it too much DJ - I doubt a few days off will set you back. The body needs a rest every once in a while.
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    Mar 21, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    Thanks! I'm proof that working out is addictive... I've had withdrawals. Back to it tomorrow, I'm about 90% now. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 21, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Buffhunk64 saidI have no idea what exercise you were trying to do. Could you provide an explanation or a pic of this?


    I don't have a pic. But I'll explain it as best I can while under the influence. :O

    You crouch into a squat, usually with your back against the wall to help you keep your form. You curl up dumbbells with your arms hanging between your knees from the crouch. Like concentration curls with both arms, in a squat. As I learned, use a wall and concentrate on keeping support on your legs, not your back!

    Ugh this probably makes no sense.

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    Mar 21, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    Buffhunk64 saidHave been a personal trainer for nearly 8 years...uh...don't do those anymore.


    Tony Horton disagrees with you. But I'm with ya, not good for me!

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    Mar 21, 2011 12:09 PM GMT
    In the April, 2003 issue of Men's Health magazine, there is an article about getting over back injury. The article is helpful, very well written and the author of the article is incredibly sexy... icon_biggrin.gif

    One of the most important things as you recover is DONT lay around. You need to walk. Walk, walk, walk.... gentle stretching also is good, but until you recover more, walk. As you lay in bed, your disks will fill with fluid and cause more pain. When you walk, you do two things (1) you help the tissues remain stretched and fluid so that you heal in a dynamic, not static, way and (2) you force the fluid to move so that the inflammation is reduced.

    Consider animals: when they are hurt, they dont lay. They use the injured limb as soon as possible, although they favor it. Walk, bro.
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    Mar 21, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    Alpha_Muscle saidIn the April, 2003 issue of Men's Health magazine, there is an article about getting over back injury. The article is helpful, very well written and the author of the article is incredibly sexy... icon_biggrin.gif

    One of the most important things as you recover is DONT lay around. You need to walk. Walk, walk, walk.... gentle stretching also is good, but until you recover more, walk. As you lay in bed, your disks will fill with fluid and cause more pain. When you walk, you do two things (1) you help the tissues remain stretched and fluid so that you heal in a dynamic, not static, way and (2) you force the fluid to move so that the inflammation is reduced.

    Consider animals: when they are hurt, they dont lay. They use the injured limb as soon as possible, although they favor it. Walk, bro.


    Great advice. I walked to work the day after I injured myself, and the day after that too. It was a bit painful but I felt much better when I got to work. Sitting at a desk doesn't help either, I forced myself to get up every 15 minutes to walk and stretch. Back in the gym this morning with simple stretching yoga moves, and I feel great!

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    Mar 21, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    DJdorchester said
    Buffhunk64 saidHave been a personal trainer for nearly 8 years...uh...don't do those anymore.


    Tony Horton disagrees with you. But I'm with ya, not good for me!



    i usually have no problem doing those, but yeah too much weight will kill you on those.. i tried upping a bit but realized i would probably be doing more harm than good
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    Mar 22, 2011 5:13 AM GMT
    Be careful next time, bud.
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    Apr 01, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    I'm wearing a belt because I don't think my lower back is ever straight.