"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?"
With 2019 just around the corner, many new year's resolutions are about to emerge. Sadly, most won't make it to February. If you have a few new leaves to turn over this year, and want to avoid joining the resolution burnout crowd in a month or two, this article's for you.