I Hurt My Back…But I Can’t Stop Now!

by Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley on March 4, 2013

in Daily Update, Exercise, Injuries

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.

Jungle Weight Set

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)!

Back Pain

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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krantcents March 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Injuries will set you back! Don’t be in such a hurry to increase the amount of weight. Lower weights with more repetitions is just as good. Remember it is the frequency of exercise that is important not the strain. The frequency tells your body to burn some calories. Take care of yourself because injuries keep you from keeping up the routines.

Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley March 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I’m definitely not going to push my back. I actually skipped a lot of deadlifts and lowered the weight on my rows. The 2nd time I hurt it was so bad because I dropped to the floor. I don’t want to go through that again, and I hate not being able to go all out with my routine.

Definitely great advice!

Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin March 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

Injuries are tough especially as you get older. Try not to be too overzealous and let your body heal naturally. I still remember the day my wife came over to find me laid out on the garage floor because I threw my back out.

Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley March 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

That’s definitely going to be the key for me. Even if I have to take it easy on my back for longer than expected, I can’t afford a long-term injury.

I barely avoiding my wife finding me in the same position…but I did go tell her about it afterwards.

Nunzio Bruno March 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

You have to be careful with pulls/strains like this. If you aren’t really better before getting back into it you can prolong the injury. I know how you feel about not wanting to hear people trying to tell you to turn down the lifting :) I’m the same way – go big or go home! It’s cool that you are finding ways to still keep moving though and as long as you keep moving (safely) I don’t think it will be too much of a set back at all.

Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley March 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

That’s exactly how I feel. I dealt with shoulder injuries for about 6 months (and I still feel it at times), and I don’t want to go through that with my back. If I have to take a small break or just adjust my routine, I’ll gladly do it!

Pam@Pennysaverblog March 9, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I hope you feel better soon. Try to let yourself rest and don’t push yourself too hard.

Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley March 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

Thanks! I’m definitely going to listen to my body. :-)

Martin March 10, 2013 at 2:35 am

Oh Khaleef, I love deadlifts! I set a personal record the other day. Sorry about your back. That’s serious business.

From the outside, it’s easy for someone to say “take it easy.” In reality, who wants to take it easy when momentum is on their side?

Oh and I finally launched my fitness site :)

Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley March 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

Congrats on the PR! I think deadlifts and squats are my two favorite lifts.

I know what you mean about momentum. I just got a few free weights given to me, so I was looking forward to doing real deadlifts (I was just doing them with dumbbells before). But I’ll have to wait a few weeks before I can.

I’m going to check out your site!

Cloud Servers March 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Doing a bit of yoga will help you with that, not only will it teach you some great stretches, you can do it to stay flexible so you won’t strain it another time.

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