Smolov Jr. Bench Program
Yes I have switched programs due to my lower back issue. This is only temporary. I figured this program is long/short enough that my back should be recovered to the point that I can start squatting and deadlifting with little to no pain. After running this by BtB, we agreed that this would be ok to do. After a week or two, he recommended that I try some knee high rack pulls, which I will do. I do plan on testing my squats with some very light bench squats on Wednesday just to see where I am at. IF there is no pain, I will throw these in once a week just for good measure.
I have also fashioned a foam roller out of 4"x2' PVC pipe and athletic tape. I got through most of the Agile 8. I will say that I do feel a bit better. Less pain and tightness in the lower back. IT bands were/are really tight as are my glutes. The tightness is probably the cause of my lower back issues.
I am going to finish this program at the end of this month and max out first full week of October. Once that is done I will restart my 3/5/1 program. Throughout this process and into the future I will continue to use my PVC roller every night to hopefully avoid this from happening again.
Thnx to BtB and Fen for their help. I really appreciate the help, ideas and suggestions you both gave me.
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I just want a place where I can be left alone to get strong and work off some aggression.
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