Hey Cal, and Frenchie(my Quebec friend),
Nice to hear from you both. I have been lifting for years too Cal, played ice hockey for years, college, women's travel teams, Nationals etc etc, so always lifted heavy with power and explosiveness in mind, lots of running etc, have always been pretty small, weighing around 120 pounds in College to about 130 now and my problem is I was always super strong, my doc said it was my downfall. Hockey is brutal on your back and knees which I found out early on, hurt my back when I was 19 the first time, knee surgery at 26, back surgery at 47, countless shoulder seperations, broken fingers, feet, hands and a leg or 2, ugh.
I was prepping for a BB comp when I ruptured 3 discs in my back, had a discectomy last October 22nd, my back is 85% good, 85% of the time. I have since switched to doing figure, I may even try to build enough size to go to Physic but the way I lift has changed so much, but I have gotten most of my strength back which kind of scares me cause I am not too smart when it comes to slowing down.
I have developed a new way of doing legs and back, no more deads or squatting right now, so to build legs it is a lot of single leg stuff, sommersault squats(brutal), I am constantly looking for training for people that have back issues.
My back was just tired and broken and like I said I just would train through the pain until one day I heard a pop, knew it was going to be bad, which it was, anyway, it is just great to see other women, young and older who are out there doing it, we all rock, and the boys know it. Keep on Keepin on ladies!