Today, I have a little interview for you.
It is from one of the fitness masterminds that I was at. This was from one of the meetings from Las Vegas.
So here we go…
Rick Kaselj, MS
2 Tips that Athletes Can Do Fix Their Back Pack
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Dennis Heenan : Hey what’s going on? This is Dennis Heenan from FatBurningNation.com
I have got my good friend Rick Kaselj here today to talk to us a little bit about back pain. Now, being an athlete I have went through plenty of back problems in my career and now that I have transitioned into working on my computer quite a bit and then all my workouts being athletic based workouts, I still experience back pain.
Now, I am going to have Rick show a little bit today the certain ways you can fix that very easily by just spending five to ten minutes. So Rick, why don’t you take it away?
#1 – Look Above and Below Your Back
Rick Kaselj : One thing I will get people to focus on is looking at mobility in your mid back and in your hips. When there is stiffness above and below your back, it put more stress on your back. If there are areas above and below that are stiff, the place in the middle takes all the stress and a lot of times that is the weakest part, the back. So, we can loosen up the mid back. If we can loosen up the hips, we decrease the stress on the back. This allows the back to heal and less likely to injure or re-injure. That is something I would be focusing in on with whatever you are doing, your warm up, your cool down or your stretch routine.
#2 – Offload The Pressure In Your Back
The other thing is, if you are doing a lot of sitting or driving just try to decompress the spine. If you will be sitting, it puts 40% more stress on your low back, sitting compared to standing. So with time, the pressure builds more and more in the back. You want to offload that pressure in the back.
How can you do that? In a sitting position, just reach for the sky. Reach as high as you can for two seconds and then relax. You can do that sitting but it’s even better if you can get out of your chair, stand and reach for the sky and try to offload the spine. If you are in a gym setting, and if you have some type of pull up bar, grab the pull up bar and then sink your hips down so you get even more traction. Now the key thing is, just to go for two seconds.
Dennis Heenan: Two or three seconds.
Rick Kaselj: And start off with like five repetitions. Don’t go crazy and hang for like 15 minutes or do 50 repetitions. You will risk flaring things up. Something might be good but doing too much of it leads to bit irritating things. If it feels good doing 5 repetitions for 2 or 3 seconds each then that is a sign that it’s something that you should incorporate. It’s more important to incorporate that more often throughout your day as opposed to doing 15 minutes or 15 reps of it all at once. So, those will be the two things that I will do if you have to sit all day.
Dennis Heenan: Now, a lot of the workouts I have created, if not all many of them are super intense, very athletic based and a lot of times as athletes we kind of just jump in to the workouts. We don’t really pay attention to the warm up or the cool down after the work out.
What would you suggest for warming up or cooling down? Which one is more important? Which one would you emphasise on? What can we do for that?
Rick Kaselj: That’s a good question.
I put more emphasis on the warm up and I try to look at it more like a dynamic one and so lot of my stuffs are bodyweight warm up. It could just be bodyweight air squats, push ups or plank movements which serve multiple things.
We want to get our mind set into what we will be doing because we might be still thinking about work. If we do a warm up, it shifts us to the workout so we can focus into the workout and get better results. You are not like a fitness zombie just going through the movements but you are not really into it that wouldn’t enable you to get that intensity and the results you want. It wakes up the muscles. It lubricates the joints. It helps stretch out the muscles dynamically. I like the dynamic warm up and it doesn’t need to be crazy. If you are doing a circuit like 5 or 6 times, you’ll get the hang of it the first time you go through it. You might go through it lightly, focusing on technique and full range of motion, reviewing how to do the movement fully in your head and then as you go through the set or the reps, you are increasing the intensity.
Dennis Heenan: Rick has an incredible product called Fix My Back Pain. I am going to let him explain a little bit about what it is. Now this would have been a life saver for me when I quit basketball. I probably had 3 or 4 back injuries then. This would have been a huge help for it. So, why don’t you tell us just a little about that.
Rick Kaselj: So what it is? It is Fix My Back Pain program. It helps you overcome your back pain especially for someone who is active. My focus is to get you back to pain free workouts. A mistake that I used to make when I worked in the clinic with lots of people was, I focused on the stretching and strengthening. That didn’t worked and I found that I needed to set the stage for my client’s back to heal and for my back to heal. Now, I do it in three steps.
Step 1 is reshaping the back from a painful back to a pain free back focusing in on inside of the joint. So trying to set things internally like focusing on hydration and eating the right foods that helps in recovering from back pain. The second thing is reshaping that back from the outside. Doing things on the outside that are going to help it heal and recover. Third is doing injury specific exercises for back pain depending on what it is. A lot of times people will have back pain then they will do whatever exercise for that back pain. That isn’t right.
Depending on what type of injury you have, there is injury specific exercise you need to do for that injury. So that’s what Fix My Back Pain is about. The really cool thing is, you just have to plug it into your workout. It’s not going to be an hour or two hours long. You can do Dennis’ program and incorporate the Fix My Back Pain program. A lot of times its 5 or 10 minutes we plug in before your program like Dennis’ and 5 or 10 minutes that we plug in after your program.
Dennis Heenan: That’s a perfect solution! I mean I know I love the saying, get back to the pain free workout. I love the sound of that. I know you guys would love the sound of that and again with the workouts we go through, its anywhere from 20 to 25 minutes and adding this in would keep them still under 30 minutes which is what we want to do.
So, this is again Rick Kaselj with Fix My Back Pain. There is link right below this video where you can get a ton of information about this product. I highly recommend this program so check it out! So, again this is Dennis Heenan from FatBurningNation.com and I thank you for watching.
Rick Kaselj: Thank you.
If you want to take charge of your back pain and eliminate it safely, then check out the Fix My Back Pain program here:
Rick Kaselj, MS