Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do MAX Workouts if I have a bad back?
I’m not a medical doctor, so I can’t give you a diagnosis or prognosis for any physical conditions or injuries that you may have. You should always seek out a medical professional and get their expert advice regarding your condition or injury to determine if MAX Workouts is right for you.
Back problems can be complicated with a huge range of variables to consider. If you’ve been given the go ahead by your medical doctor to exercise, there a few things you should consider before embarking on MAX Workouts. How bad is your back problem, how long have you had it and how active are you?
The type and severity of your back problem will determine whether or not you’re fit to participate in the program. MAX Workouts is based on short, high-intensity workouts that utilize full-body exercises using both your own bodyweight as well as free weights (e.g.dumbbells). The exercises include many fundamental movements such as squatting, lunging, overhead press-ups, etc… If any of these movements cause pain and discomfort to your back, I wouldn’t recommend participating in the program.
If you suffer from sciatica, which is a radiating pain or numbness and tingling down your glutes and legs (usually on one side) you should not participate in the program until the sciatica is gone.
If your back problem is chronic in nature, but is manageable, you should be able to do the program. However, I would recommend starting slow and easy to see how your back feels as you progress with the program. As you get more comfortable with the workouts, you can gradually increase your intensity and effort level in accordance to the health of your back.
In many cases, MAX Workouts can actually be helpful in improving back problems. In my experience, people with moderate to chronic back problems have benefited greatly since the program helps them strengthen their low back while increasing the range of motion (flexibility) of their hips. Improving hip mobility significantly helps alleviate back problems.
It’s also important to keep in mind that back problems often considered more severe (like herniated discs) can also benefit from strengthening the back. Strengthening the back is achieved by performing functional exercises such as squats, lunges, planks, plank rows and so on (not sit-ups or crunches!) that strengthen your core muscles which surround your spine, protecting it from excessive motion that can put undue strain on the discs of your back joints.
Another important question you should ask yourself is how sedentary have you been since injuring your back? Lack of exercise and movement can oftentimes make your back problems worse, once you’ve past the acute phase of the injury. Being sedentary for a long period of time leads to loss of core muscle strength, which makes you more susceptible to back injuries. In such cases, it would be best to start out doing activities and movements that are less strenuous and intense to get your back and body in better shape before embarking on a more challenging fitness program like MAX Workouts.
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