This isn’t really for me, but I’m curious about the subject. I often hear of people not doing DL’s or any heavy back work because they have had lower back or degenerative disk problems.
I just heard guys at the gym talking about it the other day and it would be nice to be able to throw some advice their way.
Do you think that lifting back would better or worsen the problems? How quickly do you think they should up the weight they pull/push ect…? Also, how do you feel about Good Mornings for these people?[/quote]
It depends on the injury. If it’s pretty bad and you’re in pain (I’ve known guys who’ve got trouble bending-down for months after their injuries), you might want to avoid too much back work.
If your injury has healed fairly well, just start slowly and work your way back up.
The thing about back injuries is that you can’t cheat as much as you could have before.
A guy with a healthy back could more easily get away with poor form (especially on max lifts) than a guy with back problems (where bad form on a max lift might have worse consequences).