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Old 12-28-2013, 04:25 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Took the (automated) suggestion and decided to introduce myself.

I'm 38 years old and have been doing some kind of exercise since I was about 20. About six months ago got bored with fitness-based programs, etc. and decided to try lower reps and go heavier.

Overall it has been great and it's definitely kept me interested - as motivation is a little hard, as I'm not motivated by having a bodybuilder physique, so having some weight goals has definitely helped.

Anyway, I'm a first time caller long time listener, and I've been really impressed at the information and time individuals give on this site and some others. Big kudos for that.

I suppose I might also mention a problem I've been having, to see if any of you have suggestions. About 4 months into my first 5x5 program (the reg park beginners) working into it very very slowly (and super light compared to most on this site) I started to get a 'stiff' lumbar region. I should also say that I got a PT, who knew what he was doing, and my form on squats and deads are pretty good (though I have to do sumo deads as have long legs, and my upper back rounds on heavier weight with conventionals). Anyway, I pulled the lumbar once in a situation unrelated to lifting (after yoga actually), and then had some significant time out. Went into spasms 3x in 3 months, and I think it was my squats that were aggravating it. But I had great physio and was all better until last week, when I did something similar trying a pendalay row. Ironically, I was trying the pendalays as my lower back was feeling strained after BB rows, but also RDLs.

So it seems that, as my physio said, I might have some kind of spinal weakness with one of the verterbrae there, right on the base of the spine.

I'm thinking that I probably will stick to front squats and just do one arm rows, and that should probably take out most of the potential lower back killers in the program. I wouldn't mind being able to do back squats, BB Rows, RDLs etc., but it won't keep me up at night, and risking more time out seems to me to outweigh the potential benefits.

Anyway, if anyone has something to add to this I'd be pleased to hear it. And if not thanks for tuning in anyway.

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Do you have a significant anterior pelvic tilt?
Thx for the responses....

I don't have a significant anterior pelvic tilt. But I may have a slight one. My physio said that I might have a weak core (which surprised me, as I do decent core work), since after walking about 2 hours my lower back hurts, which means that I am loading my lower back with some kind of pelvic tilt when walking. I've been doing more core work, but not sure that has done the trick...
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