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Old 01-18-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
Vincent Ku
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Burpee Lower Backache

Whenever I do more than 10 burpees, my lower back / hip begin to feel discomfort. When I bring my legs back in and jump, I feel a sharp pain which is quickly followed by numbness. Is this just a sign of weak hip flexors? Or am I in trouble?
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:11 AM   #2
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Re: Burpee Lower Backache

Have you had back/hip issues before? Do you adequately warm-up, and do some mobility stuff before doing this? Burpees are tough on the low back and hips, but, with preparation, it should be easier on the body. Keep your burpees strict. Sometimes sending a wfs vid of your burpee can give information that can lead to a solution. Stretch afterward.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:20 AM   #3
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Re: Burpee Lower Backache

Are you landing on your heels or on your toes when you jump up from the push-up?

Try to land in the bottom of a squat, with your chest up tall (and consequently not in a rounded lower back position)
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:45 AM   #4
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Re: Burpee Lower Backache

Generally, weak abdominals, tight hip flexors.

Instead of pulling in and posterior rotating the pelvis with the abdominals.... you're doing it with the hip flexors which pulls on the lumbar spine causing pain

So you're gonna need to work on your abdominal strength, and stretch out your hip flexors

Very rarely is a problem because of weak hip flexors in our civilization because we sit all the time and they tend to get tight and hypertonic
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Old 01-20-2011, 10:26 AM   #5
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Re: Burpee Lower Backache

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Very rarely is a problem because of weak hip flexors in our civilization because we sit all the time and they tend to get tight and hypertonic
I'm with you on this instance, but I find this ALL the time in the non-athlete-back-pain-person.........Just not crossfitters
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #6
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Re: Burpee Lower Backache

Thanks. I'll work on the core and warm up the hip flexors beforehand. See how it goes...
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