My back has hurt since I was 26, living a carefree, single life in Manhattan. I schlepped myself all over that city, slinging bags & wearing 3” heels. And an Ally McBeal suit.
I beat myself up at New York Sports Club like only someone in her 20s can do.
That year I knocked my body into a size 6 for, ummmm, all of 15 minutes, I think. SUCCESS!
And my back hurt like hell the whole time.
This pain stemmed from a herniated disc in my lower back; all my schlepping and acting like a pack mule didn’t help.
Why? Though I have very little ability to bend backwards, I’m flexible as hell going the other way. This means is I am super tight in front and loosey goosey in back. Loosey goosey = weakness. Weakness = pain.
Through my 30s and early 40s, now living in Syracuse & looking for effective fitness, my back still hurt. But I was “taking care of it”: lots of working out, some stretching, a bit of yoga, chiropractic care, massage, and lots of ibuprofen.
Then I met Kristen Griffin, who came up to me during one of my first Method 360 workouts with her and asked, “Does your back hurt all the time?” Um. Yes! How did she KNOW?
I have good form. I know what it means to engage my core and tuck my pelvis so my back doesn’t swing out.
But to this day, she shoves her powerful pointer finger into my lower back or between my shoulder blades and growls, “Pull it in! Tuck it under!” How does she KNOW?
For about six months, I’ve been really focused on my core & hips with Kristen watching over me. Slowing down has forced me to feel what a “turned on” core feels like.
She shows me how I ‘launch’ myself up when doing a step up. CORE NOT ENGAGED!
She points out when I’m dumping into my back in a deadlift. CORE NOT ENGAGED!
It’s like an alarm goes off when she sees me working out. She makes me notice lots of terrible things and makes my life harder on the floor.
AND I haven’t been the chiropractor for my lower back in 3 months. My disc doesn’t act up anymore on lower body day. And I don’t fear that my late-forties are going to feel like SNAP, CRACKLE, POP!
It was another exceptional reminder for me to slow down and listen to my body.
Are you beating yourself up? Not using Athletic Intelligence? Not focusing on your form & engagement isn’t a habit that can change overnight. It messes with your ego to listen, to engage, to FEEL what core engagement feels like when you’re merely climbing stairs, sitting at your desk, cycling, and taking a fitness or yoga class!
But it’s certainly life changing. Even saves me forty bucks a week at the chiropractor!
Take the time & listen to your core. It’s worth it so that when you get to be as old as I am there is no SNAP, CRACKLE, and POP!
And try Kristen’s workshop on Sunday 4/10 @ 2 – 3:15pm. Come with your questions and take notes. And slow the hell down!