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Old 08-16-2005, 07:12 AM   #1
Jason Billows
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I just finished recovering from a herniated disk. Unfortunately the recovery period has left my already weak abs and lower back even weaker.

I have been doing modified CF workouts for two weeks now and am having some lower back pain. It's muscular and feels like my lower back muscles are strained.

During todays workout I realized that it is probably being caused by my situps. Are there any alternatives?

I have read on the site that crunches are inferior to full situps. What about situps or crunches on a ball?

Any suggestions would be very helpful. I'm loving the challenge of doing CF and want to keep it up.

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Old 08-16-2005, 09:00 AM   #2
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Perhaps try out the Ab Mat?

A good substitute for it is to roll up a towel and place it under the small of your back.
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Old 08-16-2005, 09:56 AM   #3
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Thanks again Chris. Seems like you've been able to help with all of my questions on the message board today.
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Old 08-16-2005, 10:23 AM   #4
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Yeah, Chris is special that way :-)

I haven't tried the ab mat yet but I hear it's awesome, and only about $30 (of course in Canada that's about 2 grand).

I recovered from a badly herniated disk over 10 years ago, and now I only have a badly degenerated disk (moving up in the world). I think the L-sit is the best thing I've ever tried for my core, but I also love the dynamic motion of the knee-to-elbow exercise. For now, you can try the situps on the stability ball. Make sure you're doing some back extensions and beginning practice with the DL, if you don't do those already.

My back has never felt stronger, even compared to the time before I hurt it.
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Old 08-17-2005, 07:57 AM   #5
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Jason, I have a couple of degenerated discs in my low back, and I've found that V-situps does not hurt my back at all. I'm not sure if your abs are strong enough yet to do them, but they have worked well for me. Deadlifts have also strengthened my low back, along with L-sits and superman's.
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