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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