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Andrew Grant Amateur 9 posts since
May 6, 2009
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Nov 17, 2009 2:15 PM

moving forwards with back problems

I was told about a year ago that I have degenerative discs in my lower back and foramina narrowing (L4-S1)?? So I have basically not done any running and only some mild cycling. I did prepare for an MS century and did the 75 mi course :>}}  but I do not want to sit on the side lines any more, so I am looking for suggestions advice from both medical and fellow addicts:>}}

Andrew Grant

  • Joe_h1 Community Moderator 1,833 posts since
    Jul 9, 2007
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    1. Nov 17, 2009 7:32 PM (in response to Andrew Grant)
    Re: moving forwards with back problems

    have you talked w/ your doc about this?  get your docs approval first please. also ask about what you can do improve you core muscles that may help your back.


    and FWIW look at a beam bike like a titanflex or old softride on ebay  they are incredibly comfortable rides for you back


    hope that helps! good luck!

    goals for 2011:

    break 19minutes for 5k

    break 2:42 for olympic triathlon probably Anthracite olympic

    break 3:16 for marathon ( a long shot but it's fun putting yourself out there)

  • Amateur 31 posts since
    Oct 8, 2009
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    2. Nov 17, 2009 10:51 PM (in response to Andrew Grant)
    Re: moving forwards with back problems



    So the Lower Back problem is a huge upset for all people.  If you realize that the spine is in a shape

    of a "S".  The Lumbar which are the lower ones where they curve toward our belly button. Therefore with

    that part of the curve you have a lot of pressure (Gravity/Body Weight) pushing down on it constantly.

    Things to help out:

    -Lose weight (a natural comfort weight)

    Extra weight which is not needed just adds force to the area

    -Have proper body alignment and Gait pattern

    Wear proper shoes with arch support, great inserts which I use are called

    Super Feet.  They are durable and I use them when I workout or just walk around.

    -Have someone analyze the way you walk and run.

    -Even everyday activities like squating to pick something up will cause you to do

    things which you might have not noticed.


    -Besides these I would use muscle strengthening exercises to help your muscles

    ease pain off the area.  The muscles along side the Spine help keep you in proper

    alignment and will actually help you stand up taller.

    -Core exercises are the best for any situation.



    Great source for great workouts which don't need a trainer or much weight:

    -men's health magazine or website!


    Hope this helps,

    Matthew Olaya

    Swim Venture

    Huntington Beach



    Matthew Olaya

    Personal Trainer

    Huntington Beach California

    -B.S. Kinesiology

    -NASM Cert.

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