Monday, March 14, 2011
If you've been following my progress, you know I've been battling and rehabbing from a back injury fro nearly a year. Now that my cycling is pretty much back indoors, I thought I'd start using the rower as well. It would add some muscle and perhaps help strength my core.
The first time I tired, for only 10 minutes, I felt fine, but 15 minutes later, the old pain came back.
I had purposely waited until the night before a kinesiology appointment. Sure enough, the bottom two lumbar discs were out.
Today, at the kinesiologist's recommendation, I had my trainer check me on the rower to see if there was something with my form. No! The form is fine, but I wince whenever I do the return stroke.
The trainer stopped after 5 strokes and decided the problem is my hip flexors. It's an issue with women, especially when they get to my age, and if they're sedentary or, like me, are avid cyclists.
So, I now have a bunch of exercises specifically geared to strengthen my hop flexors. (Could this be why a few pilates exercises make me daft?)
The trainer also showed me how to use the rower without my legs so I'd get the benefit of the upper body workout.
I mentioned this to my kinesiologist this afternoon who said my hip flexors are usually tight and she thought it was from the cycling. She's happy it's not. She also suggested I tell the massage therapist on Wednesday so he works on them.
I LOVE getting solutions to puzzles.