Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Working out with lower back pain

This is what the test looks like.
Last night I volunteered to do a treadmill test with Chris Eschbach, he is working with Valencell to evaluate earbuds that can monitor your heartrate and caloric intake and other cool stuff, just imagine, you could listen to your music while running and be monitoring your metabolic state! Now that I've written that, I see how nerdy it is but I do think it's a nifty idea and would mean one less thing to carry on a workout.  The treadmill test consisted of me wearing a mask to monitor how much oxygen I consumed and carbon dioxide I expelled.  I warmed up for 1 minute at 1 mph, and then progressively went up in speed in 6 minute segments: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 mph at a 1% incline.  The whole test took about 30 minutes and for my time, I got $40 in Amazon gift cards.  I also ended up running a total of 2.6 miles (this counts in my exercise log!) and my lower back pain didn't prevent me from running and my lower back didn't hurt during the run.  So I knew from that experience I can still do some exercises despite the lower back issues. 
This morning I did modify the WOD with Jason's help:
Pushups (my substitute for the prescribed burpees)
Pullups (band-assisted)
medicine ball cleans (12 lb ball, I went lighter, usually I do 14 lb, if I had been feeling good, I would have tried the 16 lb ball)
The medicine ball clean (will have to make a video of this soon!) consists of holding a wall ball, squatting and lifting up, shrugging your shoulders and then catching the ball on the squat down (you are not supposed to throw the ball up and bend your elbows to get the ball up).  It's harder than it looks. 
On the pullups, Jason told me that when I get my chin up to the bar, I hold it there for a few seconds before coming down, I did that and it was harder but I think this will help me eventually do a real pullup with no bands! So I will continue practicing. 
I finished in 15:31. 
Next on the list of things to do: continue icing my lower back and look for a chiropractor today. 

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