Have you ever injured your lower back? I don't know anyone that hasn't, even if they aren't hard charging, heavy lifting maniacs.
The first time I injured my back is a time I will never forget, and I recall it as if it happened 2 minutes ago. I was a 2nd year teacher, maybe my 3rd year.... I was young, that's for sure!
I was at my peak in strength and muscle. I had just smashed a brutal leg workout that evening at Diamond Gym. I squatted 455 for 5 reps, did walking lunges with 60 and 70 lb dumbbells and finished off my day with 405 lb RDLs, aka stiff leg deadlifts.
I was a MONSTER....
So, how does a monster injure his lower back when he can squat 455 for 5 reps? The story will make you laugh....
It was around 10 o'clock at night and I was picking out my clothes for work the next day, about to take them downstairs to iron them.
I dropped the hanger for my shirt and bent over to pick it up. I can safely assume this plastic hanger weighed a whopping 1 lb. I bent over and half way up, BANG!!! I felt as if a bolt of lightning had struck my lower back.
I as frozen in that bent over position and walked backwards and collapsed on my bed, called my Mom (yes, I lived with Mommy and Daddy) and she got me a heating pad and I didn't get out of bed till Noon the next day.
It was brutal trying to get out of bed and walking was a different story altogether. The year was 2000 or maybe 2001. Prehab or rehab? I never heard of it. Foam roller? What the hell is that?
Off to 3 weeks of Physical Therapy while some guy in his young 20s is surrounded by injured & post surgery people in their 40s, 50s and older.
Where was Mike Robertson when I needed him? It would be another year or two before I made my way into the world of strength and conditioning. Today, if I get tweaked or injured or have an athlete I just can't figure out, Mike Robertson is my go to guy.
I have always said this: Your Health Is # 1, Without Your Health You Have Nothing!
It doesn't matter if you're a Strength Coach or not, you are always the Coach of Your Own Body. Training hard is one thing, but training smart enables you to train hard on a consistent basis, giving you better results on a consistent basis.
Pay attention to the details in this video...
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Do you have questions on lower back pain? Drop them below and I'll see if I can snag a quick interview with Mike to help you guys out!
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