Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Core Training: The end of Back Pain?

As I have often complained about here, I have recurring problems with pain in my lower back. I can go months without any pain or discomfort, but then I bend a certain way or go to tie my shoe and it comes back with a vengeance. When it's really bad, all I can do is sit in a chair and the pain is extreme. Since CC2007 I have been more or less pain free, but I still get the odd twinge...nothing serious, but it freaks me out 'cause I never want to experience that kind of pain again.

I go to an awesome Chiropractor and this has made a HUGE difference. I first went to him about a year ago and within a month my pain was cut in half. After 2 months I had no pain at all...the guy is amazing!

Despite my "Chiropractic miracle", I still have periods of pain after a hard run or cycling session and struggled with why it was happening? I am a healthy guy...I eat right, exercise and lead a very active lifestyle, so why do I have back pain?

The answer came to me while researching training methods for future triathlons. I found this video and it really spoke to me. Feel free to watch the whole thing...but the real "that's totally me" moment is from the 30 second mark on....

I am now convinced that core training, in addition to my tri training and weight program could be the difference maker. The reviews of the video they are selling were not good though, so I did some looking and found an AWESOME program on

This core training program is simple and adaptable to any lifestyle or fitness level....and best of all, you don't need any equipment! I am going to add it to my routine and tomorrow morning will be my first time. I will let you know how it goes.

Interested in trying it yourself?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

my chiropracter was rough and i often left in more pain than i was in when i went. Long-term improvements can be obtained without the need to regularly visit [and pay!] some heavy handed therapist to relieve back pain! i recently purchased an orthopedic memory foam mattress, and i can report, that after a fortnight sleeping on it, i wake up feeling much better than i did when i slept on my old mattress. One may jump to the conclusion that such specialist mattress prices are high; however, if you look hard enough, you can find cheap orthopedic mattresses out there. If you are dispirited by the expense, just think of the long term benefits for your health, and the lack of future visits to your heavy handed therapist!!