Over the years I have heard some pretty shocking estimates about the number of people who suffer from back pain. From what I have heard something like 80 or 90 percent of people deal with it at some point in their lives. Back issues result in more people missing work than sickness, flu, and the common cold combined. So they are a big deal.
I have a little bit of personal experience with back issues. Lumbar strains and sprains, disc issues, and other complications. I have missed days of work, sporting events, and other life events because my back has been hurt. Several episodes have involved me being off my feet for days at a time. I am 35 years old now and have dealt with issues since my early 20's.
The best thing I have ever done for my back was building strength with basic barbell training. Now that I am decently strong I am convinced that most of my previous back problems were a result of my back being weak. It has been my experience that weakness is the root of a lot of problems, but I am not a doctor. Nothing I am saying is meant to be considered medical advice, but it just might help prevent you from having unnecessary back issues.
I am professional trainer. I have trained a lot of people and have a lot of experience getting people strong. Getting strong helps reduce back pain. A stronger back is capable of enduring a lot more than a weak back.
Building back strength is pretty straightforward. You need to know how to do a few basic barbell lifts. The squat, the press, and the deadlift will get the job done. It is important that you know how to do them correctly and that you understand how to progressively overload them with intelligent programming. Once you understand how to do things you just need to start training regularly.
Most people fail to understand the importance of subjecting the muscles in the back to stress. Many people are fearful of getting hurt so they avoid doing the things that they should be doing to build strength. It is a shame too because a lot of people could save themselves a lot of pain if they just learned how to train correctly.
Yes, if you want to reduce your back pain than you should squat and deadlift. Heavy. Building back strength is the answer. Strong is better. To get strong you need to put your back to work. Do yourself a favor and learn how to train properly.
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