Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Lower Back Pain After a Workout
May 30, 2006

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I love working out, but I always experience lower back pain afterwards and frankly, Iíve cut back my training. What could I be doing wrong? (Fred, Levittown).

If your lower back pain occurs after training, then maybe itís your lifting techniques. For example, swinging the weight up during your biceps curls, or poor squatting techniques like leaning forward and not keeping the lower back in alignment with the spine. Maybe your flexibility in your hamstrings is to blame. Being overweight with a slight pouch could cause your lower back stress. Your posture might be poor. So you can see these few things could cause your lower back problems. The good news is that you can fix the machine when you identify the problem:

  • Consult a personal trainer at your gym and work on proper execution of your exercises. Maybe change a few of them that might not be right for you.
  • Start working your core muscles.
  • Add flexibility training especially the hamstrings.
  • Be conscious of your posture while walking or sitting.
These are a few tips that could help you. However, if you have hurt your back in an accident or itís job-related, consult with your doctor.

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