As you can see by the title, I hurt my back a few weeks ago. I won’t tell you how I did it because you’ll just try to convince me to stop lifting weights!
Anyway, you may remember me writing about lifting weights with my wife and how excited it made me. Well, we have continued with the routine throughout this month and I love it! I really hope that we can keep this up and working out together can become a normal part of our lives.
A couple of weeks ago I hurt my back while lifting (there, I said it). It feels more like a muscle pull than anything else. Actually, the pain/stiffness goes from the left side of my lower to mid back and then shows up again in my abdomen. It definitely feels like a strain or pull in my core.
Because of this, I haven’t been able to do any cardio for the last few weeks. This has caused a minor setback in my quest to determine my optimal daily calorie intake, since my level of activity has dropped. Initially, I was doing cardio 5-6 times a week and weight lifting for 3. I am still lifting weights, but no cardio. That means I am burning less calories throughout the week and in less of a caloric deficit.
Even more depressing is the fact that I haven’t been able to resume my deadlifts during this time either. That is probably the best exercise for building overall strength, and when I attempted to do it last week, I felt my back crack (3 or 4 times), and I actually crumbled under the pain. It took everything I had not to drop the weight as I fell to the ground (I didn’t want to scare my wife or upset our neighbor)!
So for much of February I have not been able to do any cardio. I didn’t let that keep me down completely, since I have been pushing hard with my weight training and I also have been eating great once again!
Yesterday (I am writing this on Sunday evening) I decided to try out Tae Bo Cardio Explosion after lifting weights with Sherrian and it went well. I had to skip one or two movements, but other than that my back held up pretty well. I plan to add it back into my routine so I can still get in at least 5 days of cardio each week.
Unfortunately, I know that my back is not ready for the intense ZCUT Power Cardio Series workouts that I started to do at the beginning of the month. I’m going to take this slow so my back can heal properly.
I noticed how out of shape I felt while doing the cardio, so I will probably need a few weeks before I can move on to the high intensity interval training (even if my back were to heal instantly as I type).
One great thing about my weight session yesterday is that I felt great while lifting. I was able to increase my weight in bench press and bent over rows! After the normal session I threw in 5 sets of standing presses combined with 2 sets of squats (I open each workout with squats, so this was extra).
Between the extra lifting and the 50 minutes of cardio, my body is pretty sore right now. I missed this feeling so much!
photo credit (weights): Thomas Giuretis
photo credit (back pain): freedigitalphotos.net
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