Sometimes in life you need to learn things the hard way. Sometimes you need to learn the same lessons over and over again before they sink in. I'm as guilty of this as anyone, and when it comes to strength training, probably more so.
Far too many inexperienced lifters hit the weights without understanding how to lift correctly and safely. They often have pieces of knowledge from gym buddies, like "keep your back straight, bro!", but lack the full picture.
"Hi Robert, I'm 58 and training to compete in masters IPF raw powerlifting for the first time next fall. I know how to squat, bench, and deadlift and am quite strong, but new to the sport. My question is what equipment do I need to compete, and how will it help me?"
Besides rest and time off from lifting, my research led to 6 things which proved so helped that I’ve permanently added them to my daily routine, even though my back pain is now gone. If you’re dealing with chronic low back pain, this list will very likely help you, even if you’re not a lifter.
"I read your stuff and know I need to get stronger, so I recently decided to start barbell training for the first time in over 20 years. My doctor says I'm probably just not genetically built for squats. What do you think?"
"I was born with mismatched legs – my right leg is about 3/4" longer than my left. This sometimes causes me back and hip pain, although my physiotherapist has me doing a stretching program that helps a lot with this. I'm interested in getting stronger and don't want to let me leg mismatch stop me. Should I being doing something like barbell back squats with a set of legs like mine?"