Does your tailbone hurt when you do crunches? Also: Rotator Cuff Pain cuz it's trending.

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    Jul 02, 2012 10:14 AM GMT

    Topic. Tailbone hurts when doing crunches. I figured it's because I'm skinny and the bone must stick out more than on you padded/bulgey guys.

    Speak your truth.
  • calibro

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    Jul 02, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch said
    Topic. Tailbone hurts when doing crunches. I figured it's because I'm skinny and the bone must stick out more than on you padded/bulgey guys.

    Speak your truth.


    i've always had that problem, and i'm not a skinny guy. it just has to do with how exposed your coccyx is. just throw a pillow or cushion under it.
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    Jul 02, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    Or just do the crunch machine (fewer reps and higher weight) or do pulley weighted crunches (pray to Mecca exercise I call it).

    I don't do crunches. How are you going to get results doing extremely low weight and retarded numbers of reps? Muscular endurance for abs? Even when I run they don't get sore, and they're contracting all the time for that...swimming they don't get sore either.

    Crunches are for people just starting out to exercise ever and it is genuinely difficult for them to do.
  • maxferguson

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    Jul 03, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    I get this too and it sucks when you're exercise intensity is limited by something other than the muscles you're exercising icon_sad.gif At least for me, I think it's the curvature of my lower back that puts the weight on my tailbone rather than distributing it evenly across my lower back. I usually just roll the last foot or so of the gym mat over and rest my tailbone on it and lay on the rest of the mat as usually. It's not perfect but it helps a lot
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    Jul 03, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    maxferguson saidI get this too and it sucks when you're exercise intensity is limited by something other than the muscles you're exercising icon_sad.gif At least for me, I think it's the curvature of my lower back that puts the weight on my tailbone rather than distributing it evenly across my lower back. I usually just roll the last foot or so of the gym mat over and rest my tailbone on it and lay on the rest of the mat as usually. It's not perfect but it helps a lot


    Ditto.
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    Jul 03, 2012 2:39 AM GMT
    Try placing a pillow underneath the arch of your back (maybe bum too if that hurts!)
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    Jul 03, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    calibro saidi've always had that problem, and i'm not a skinny guy. it just has to do with how exposed your coccyx is.

    This isn't a sex thread, please keep on topic!

    S34n05 saidTry placing a pillow underneath the arch of your back (maybe bum too if that hurts!)

    This isn't a sex thread, please keep on topic!

    I have always crunched to the side to avoid it. Even on mats it's too uncomfortable.
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    Jul 03, 2012 2:26 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch said
    Topic. Tailbone hurts when doing crunches. I figured it's because I'm skinny and the bone must stick out more than on you padded/bulgey guys.

    Speak your truth.


    I have that problem from time to time, but I'm not really skinny. Usually happens when I don't vary my core routine enough.
  • stratavos

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    Jul 03, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    if you are doing crunches and your tailbone is grinding on the floor, then you're doing it wrong.
    Those are sit-ups, and they're bad for your tailbone in the first place.

    Try this: lay on your back and bend your knees. now pull your legs in to stomach (not all the way), and keep them together, while also pulling your shoulders to your stomach with your hands hovering around your ears, but keeping your head back. you should still be on your back during all of this.

    This should be working your upper and lower abs. tadah! no tailbone pain!
  • Jasonblue

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    Jul 03, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    Tailbone doesn't hurt from crunches but as of yesterday my rotator cuff has been bothering me. I've been looking up exercises to strengthen it so I don't screw it up doing dips and bench press.
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    Jul 03, 2012 2:41 PM GMT
    Also: Rotator Cuff Pain cuz it's trending.


    What's this supposed to be about? It's does even make that much sense. Or is this Canadian Misenglish?
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    Jul 03, 2012 2:48 PM GMT
    stratavos said Try this: lay on your back and bend your knees. now pull your legs in to stomach (not all the way), and keep them together, while also pulling your shoulders to your stomach with your hands hovering around your ears, but keeping your head back. you should still be on your back during all of this.

    How many times do I have to say it? This is NOT a sex topic!

    Out of curiosity, I tried it. This is how it should look right? Click

    Caslon19000 saidAlso: Rotator Cuff Pain cuz it's trending.
    What's this supposed to be about? It's does even make that much sense. Or is this Canadian Misenglish?

    It means every topic in this board is about rotator cuffs, so I had to include it in mine to avoid being ostracized by the injured community.
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    Jul 03, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
    icon_eek.gif Ok I DID NOT need to see that!
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    Jul 03, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch said
    stratavos said Try this: lay on your back and bend your knees. now pull your legs in to stomach (not all the way), and keep them together, while also pulling your shoulders to your stomach with your hands hovering around your ears, but keeping your head back. you should still be on your back during all of this.

    How many times do I have to say it? This is NOT a sex topic!

    Out of curiosity, I tried it. This is how it should look right? Click


    you're supposed to be in clothes when you do this ,and balancing on your lower back. sorry I did not make that clearer.

    also... the coxxis is the end piece of the tailbone. http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/126/54675773.jpg please stop trolling. some of us are genuinely trying to help.
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    Jul 03, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    Technique cans sometimes help.

    Try doing a slower more controlled crunch without imprinting your back on the ground, maintain a neutral spine curve with a little distance between the ground and your spine. (a gentle curve in your lower back - don't arch)

    If you dont feel stable and you're going to imprint your spine, check your pelvis tilt, and adjust your leg distance from your buttocks until the distance doesn't allow your coccyx to rub.
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    Jul 03, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    Oh I'm joking but am still taking everything in.

    I've never been able to lay my back flat on the ground unless pulling my knees up. When I was in gymnastics as a kid, they would tell me to straighten my back and I couldn't figure out how. Maybe I just have a naturally bent back which is why this bugs me. Well it doesn't keep me up at night.

    I still can't not laugh when seeing coccyx.icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 03, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidOh I'm joking but am still taking everything in.

    I've never been able to lay my back flat on the ground unless pulling my knees up. When I was in gymnastics as a kid, they would tell me to straighten my back and I couldn't figure out how. Maybe I just have a naturally bent back which is why this bugs me. Well it doesn't keep me up at night.

    I still can't not laugh when seeing coccyx.icon_lol.gif

    I'd say something but you probably wouldn't take it as a joke and be years in therapy or draw the window blinds or something.
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    Jul 03, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    My tailbone hurts with traditional situps because I had a massive abscess/cyst just below it in my 20's. Ever since the surgery to remove it, I haven't been able to do normal situps.

    That's why I do planks and inversion table. Those are more effective anyway.

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    Jul 03, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    Oh, and situps on an exercise ball are painless, too.
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    Jul 03, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    I had the same problem..What worked for me...Start with light weights on the lower back (Erector Spinae) extention machine..(i start with 50lbs)..i do full range 4 sets 25 reps really slow.. dont let the light weights fool you do not go heavy ..trust me...i stand streatch my back a bit..feels better almost instantly,,i'm doing 100+ crunches, deadlifts..deep seated squats with very little to no discomfort..Be careful..Good luck!
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    Jul 05, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    anocxu saidI had the same problem..What worked for me...Start with light weights on the lower back (Erector Spinae) extention machine..(i start with 50lbs)..i do full range 4 sets 25 reps really slow.. dont let the light weights fool you do not go heavy ..trust me...i stand streatch my back a bit..feels better almost instantly,,i'm doing 100+ crunches, deadlifts..deep seated squats with very little to no discomfort..Be careful..Good luck!
    The two words in bold are the most important.

    And be careful what you advise. If I'd tried your technique to stop the pain, it would have fucked me up really bad. icon_wink.gif

    Doing exercises that completely eliminate outside pressure on the tailbone yet works the same muscle groups is the safest bet till he knows for sure what's causing his pain (only an MRI can be certain).

    And SkinnyBitch, google rotator cuff exercises. It doesn't sound like your cuff is damaged yet, but some exercises that target that group could ease the pain. And if it's arthritis in your shoulders (which I have), those same exercises will almost eliminate the pain.

    Edit: BTW, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my shoulders at age 29. Don't think you're too young. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 05, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    I don't even know what a rotator cuff is. I just put it in the subject so it fit in with the "Rotator Cuff" clique in this area of the forums.

    But anything I don't use will surely be used by others reading this (apparently some people don't have me on ignore still).
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    Jul 06, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidI don't even know what a rotator cuff is. I just put it in the subject so it fit in with the "Rotator Cuff" clique in this area of the forums.

    But anything I don't use will surely be used by others reading this (apparently some people don't have me on ignore still).
    Google Rotator Cuff. You might need the info someday if you workout. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 06, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidI don't even know what a rotator cuff is. I just put it in the subject so it fit in with the "Rotator Cuff" clique in this area of the forums.

    But anything I don't use will surely be used by others reading this (apparently some people don't have me on ignore still).


    Ha. It's not a clique. And if it is the members probably wish they'd never joined.

    I've had to exercise those little rotator cuff muscles since I started P.T. for adhesive capsulitis. Those suckers are hard to strengthen.
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    Jul 06, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    I second the exercise ball suggestion. It pretty much takes tailbone pain out of the equation.