Hey Eric, or anybody for that matter who can answer these questions:
- I have a new client who informs me that he has a spinal fusion (complete) from L3 to S1. he neglegted to tell me this originally and it wasn’t until i started him on box squats that i noticed he had a real tough time getting any type of lordosis in his lumbar spine. he then informed me of this nugget of information. my question is, what should i do/know about training this guy? are there any specific exercises i must include and/or avoid. i have already found extreme weakness/poor coordination in his lower abdominals from where he had surgey.
- I have another client who tore his supraspinatus in a skiing accident over 17 years ago. at the time he did little rehab for it and the surgical intervention was to staple the muscle back onto the bone. now i have to train him and he absolutely cannot do any overhead work (no duh!) and it has resulted in him looking all slumped over. he even has a drinking problem because of it ala ted stryker in airplane the movie. i can’t do bar squats with him either because of the shoulder restriction (i was thinking of getting a hip belt squat from ironmind) and everytime he uses the arm above shoulder height he looks like he has cerebral palsy (no offense but that is the only way i can describe how weird it looks). have you got any suggestions for this guy?
thanks in advance,