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While training with @dallasmccarver this week in Boca he had mentioned having some back issues/pain. The day we were scheduled to train back, Dallas said he hadn't slept well, and it took him 30 minutes to get out of bed because he back "was fucked" and in the worst pain it had been in. And while I'm not the guy that is going to diagnose and treat back pain based on the symptoms someone tells me (there's a name for those people: assholes), I asked Dallas if he was up for me trying some activations on him prior to training. He said he was down.
I explained the thought process to Dallas: that connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, discs), are essentially your bodies "backup plan", and that your muscle tissue is your bodies first line of defense for injury prevention. So, it's possible, that if you're experiencing some disc/back pain, that you have some muscles not doing their job. And that by activating the main muscles involved in spine/pelvis stability, maybe we could alleviate some symptoms.
After about 5-8 minutes of activations, Dallas said he couldn't believe how good his back felt. And even after training (and loading the spine/hips), he said "he wouldn't have believed his back could feel this could, after how bad it felt that morning".
So, for anyone else experiencing back pain (especially during lower body/deadlift workouts) OR that wants to potentially prevent back issues, I figured I'd share. I uploaded the entire activation sequence, with video, cues and thought process today on Hypertrophycoach.com. And named it the "Dallas back un-focker" activation program. Check it out! And enjoy.
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