Fitness Minutes: (52,531)
6/4/13 9:56 P
I shattered my T10 vertebra so I have this plastic jinga like thing back there with rods so I know about taking it easy on your back. I started out with light weights and then just worked up from there. Talking to your doctor would be the first step though but there are plenty of things you can do say laying on a weight bench with dumbbells or something.
Darth, I don't know if you're in a position to consult a fitness trainer with experience in rehabilitation, but I would highly recommend it.
My husband has spinal stenosis. He has been working out with a fitness trainer doing weight work, and has been seeing great results. A lot of the work has been modifying standard exercises to provide additional back support or less back strain.
For example: planks are done with his hands resting on a raised platform (similar to an aerobics step with about 5 or 6 risers under it). Squats are modified, as are presses. Sometimes the trainer does direct rehabilitative manipulation. Step-ups instead of lunges.
All of his exercises have been customized for my husband's injuries and fitness level. He was evaluated before he began these workouts to identify the modifications. I think that you might need a similar approach, with a program customized for you.
Congratulations on your weight loss. That's a great achievement.
Fitness Minutes: (1,935)
6/4/13 11:32 A
Ok guys, I am 31 years old and I have a herniated disc in my lower back. As a result of this injury I spent 2 years in a wheelchair, and another 6 years using a walker due to the amount of pain I experience. Not being able to exercise caused ALOT of weight gain. 9 months ago I weighed 470 Lbs, and I have lost over 200 lbs SO FAR. I use a stationary recumbent bike to take my back out of my exercise routine as well as using yoga designed for stretching the back. So, my question is; Is there anyone out there who can give me advice on doing some weight training that will not cause me to either further damage my back, or cause further pain to my back?