Okay…I’m stumped on this one. And I’ll willing to chalk this up to still being fairly new as a trainer. One of my clients has a very weak lower back and lower abdominals. In an effort to build these areas and strengthening them I have her doing the “superman” for lower back and then lower abdominal work that involves supporting her lower back by placing her hands under that area. However, even with her back supported she is still feeling discomfort and can’t complete reps…i’m lost on how to strengthening these specific areas when the exact moves used to strengthen her lower abs and core are causing discomfort due to weakness (i’m in an endless loop). My apologies if I’m missing something obvious, believe me i’m reading and studying and reading up and perusing work out programs…but would very much value some input and suggestions here. Thank you in advance!
Hey Rachel…if she has a recent knee injury that can have an effect too. Hopefully she is being rehabed properly by her medical team. Since the body is a kinetic chain of connected parts, limited mobility at the knee can also affect the ankle (she may not be getting full flexion or extension at the foot now if she has limited knee mobility) and if those parts aren’t moving properly you sometimes see compensations at the hip…such as excessive forward leaning or arching back. It could just be that once her knee problems are sorted out she could see improvements in her low back.