I think i may have hurt my back

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    Apr 09, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    at the gym yesterday my personal trainer was having me ... i dont know what the exercise is called so im gunna explain it.... noramly i do it with the bar from the bench press i grab it and do squats with it and u kind of have to turn ur knees outwards to avoid hitting them...

    well anyways i have a new PT and he made me do it but with wieghts, it didnt hurt but there was most def a struggle. and now ( a day later ) my lower back is sore and it kind of hurts to walk and bend over, i dont know if its the muscles in my lower back which its cool if it is cuz i dont mind working them out and getting sore, but i dont know if thats bad for my back and if i should tell him something next time. idunno what do u guys think?
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    Apr 09, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    Well it´s not totally clear what you did, but you can tweak your back if you lift stuff too heavy or without the right tecnique (I did this to myself about 3 weeks ago, duh). Take a few days where you either don´t work out, do stretching (yoga class?) or do something very light. You want to keep the area moving, you want the blood to keep flowing and you don´t want to try and "tough it out". Knees, back and neck are the three weak points in the body and you need to respect pain there.
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    Apr 09, 2009 10:28 PM GMT
    i just found out its called a Dead Lift icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 09, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    OK then, depends SO much on if this is just good ache or, Damn-who-stuck-that-electric-cattle prod- in-my-spine pain.

    If the former, that´s just what happens when you start deads. Take it easy, keep going. If it´s the electric, I may die pain then rest....

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    Apr 09, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    The deadlift is one exercise that the back is easily injured. Unfortunately the deadlift is one of the best exercises for bodybuilding. You and your trainer have to perfect your form to prevent further injury.
    To help prevent back injuries a flexible strong core is necessary. Strong abs help support the back when doing squats and deadlifts. Hamstring tightness contribute to lumbar injuries.
    Dr Stuart McGill is one of the leading authorities on back injuries and rehabilitation. His three best exercises are listed on this web page
    http://www.halfsquare.net/shetler_071505.php
    There are multiple articles on the web about preventing lower back pain. I feel that McGill is the most knowledgeable. That's only my opinion
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 09, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    The deadlift is my favorite leg exercise. I get a buzz in the head after each set.

    Anyway, be sure you lift with your legs. If you're lifting/pushing from your back, you're straining it and that could be the cause of the pain.

    It could also be that you're starting the deadlift exercises for the first time with too much weight and your lower back muscles are fatigued. Apply heat and get a gentle massage if you can. Lower the amount of weight the next time you do them and gradually add the weight as you progress.
  • UncleverName

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    Apr 09, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    waxon saidu kind of have to turn ur knees outwards to avoid hitting them...


    This alone is kind of worrying. You shouldn't have to try to hard to push your knees out to keep them from bumping together. Maybe your feet are too close together.
    If it's not just a bit of after day soreness, and it persists for a few days, I would start seeing a new trainer. Your trainer should ensure that you have proper form and can handle the weight before getting you to do the exercise. Did the new trainer talk to the old trainer? How did the new trainer know how much weight you could handle?