I have read many of of Stuart McGill’s excellent articles on back health and his warning about training first thing of a morning.
However I have never seen any mention as to whether one should avoid doing his back health exercises (eg Cat-camel, curlup, bridges & bird-dog) first thing of a morning. Does one have to wait a hour or so before these can be done?
Also provided a sensible warmup is done would “bodyweight” exercises like pushups, dips, chins, body-rows, single leg squats & non-bending ab work like planches etc be considered high risk for the back first thing of a morning?
My understanding is that it is forward bending (with or without load) that seems to be the highest risk activity first thing of a morning. So reading between the lines as long as one avoids activities that cause greater flexion of the back such as situps & touching toes type moves the risk of injury should still be low. Hence those bodyweight exercises mentioned above that don’t involve excessive flexion would hopefully be okay?
Any comments and views on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks - Gordon