I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself, as it’s been a couple of years since I have been on this board, and to solicit some advice.
I’ve been training for several years, now age 49, and am also a personal trainer. Unfortunately, I had a gym related injury to my lower back in June of 2007, which has taken almost two years to heal, during which time I could not work out or personal train.
Physical and massage therapy have helped me a lot, but I am now starting back in the gym as if I were a complete newbie, with very light weights. It’s very humbling to know what I used to lift, and to see men lifting what I used to do. Have lost about 15lb over the last two years due to lack of exercise, (down to about 155lb on a 5’7" frame), and lost my muscle mass too.
Such is the result of years of heavy lifting and not doing anywhere near enough warm ups, stretching, core development, etc. My body could no longer handle the stressors I was putting it under, while neglecting the need for any regular conditioning. Nonetheless, I’m grateful to be back in the gym, and am now wiser and hopefully much more conscientious about how I train.
Questions: 1) I am working with a personal trainer now myself, who is doing rehab work in the gym with me, focusing on core strength development. However, I am in need of forearm and calf routines, and could use a good ab program as well. If anyone has suggestions, I would be grateful.
My apologies for this long message, but as a returning member, it’s nice to be back, and I hope to learn a lot from the men/women on this forum. Any responses are greatly appreciated. Thank you! best,
Lorne in Toronto