I enjoyed reading “The End of Back Pain: Access Your Hidden Core to Heal Your Body” by Patrick A. Roth, M.D., and I’ve been following Dr. Roth’s “Hidden Core Workout” for over six weeks. The reason I became interested in strengthening my inner brace is because of recurring lower back injuries through weight lifting.
After seeing a Functional Movement Systems (FMS) specialist at Studio South Fitness in Sarasota, FL, I’m learning what my weaknesses are and how to strengthen them. I’m now utilizing the personalized exercise program I received through FMS screening, along with the “Hidden Core Workout” mentioned above.
This first photograph was taken February 4th, 2014, before taking on “Starting Strength,” with its three-times-per-week, weighted barbell squats, presses, power cleans and deadlifts. Before this time, I was strictly performing body weight exercises from “Body By You” and “You Are Your Own Gym” with zero back issues. I would soon realize poor form and/or weakness in different areas of my body would cause serious injury once weight was added to the mix.
This second shot is from March 21st, which shows just how much lifting can lean us girls out. But I kept being side-lined by lower back injuries from weighted squats. I decided I needed to start from scratch and get serious about strengthening the whole inner core, not just the superficial six pack I was originally fantasizing about.
This final photo is from June 10th, 2014, six weeks after starting the “Hidden Core Workout,” and as you can see things are moving along nicely. I will continue with this program because it’s honestly fantastic (I highly recommend it, along with Mark Lauren’s BBY and YAYOG). And best of all, no injuries! I look forward to seeing and feeling more progress in the coming months.
Does this program promise to completely eliminate back pain? Of course not. But with a stronger core and proper form I am less prone to injury. And if an injury does occur, I’ll be better suited to take it on, and will hopefully heal a lot quicker.