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Building a stronger back (part 4) - preface to the barbell squat

Posted by David Wang 3 years, 2 months ago Comments

Occasionally, you will hear "experts" ask people to not do squats, because it compromises the knee, the lumbar spine and is generally considered a very risky exercise. Horror stories of debilitating injuries are often attached to such statements. Frankly, I think such statements are over-simplified and taken out-of-context, as most health-related info are nowadays, and in this case, misinformation with exercise tips are definitely not out of occlusion. The truth is squatting (with or without added weights) is essential to lower body health and is even a great tool to rehabilitate the injured body. However, it is not to say that everyone will instantly benefit from the exercise and that preventative measures need not be taken to avoid injuries. There are always exceptions to the rule. Rather, my purpose for this entry is to approach the topic of squat safety objectively and to present my interpretation of the risks and benefits of the barbell squat.



Building a stronger back (part 2) - The Deadlift

Posted by David Wang 3 years, 9 months ago Comments

Before you proceed, please note:
  • If you are injured and in pain, DO NOT READ!
  • If you have a history of lowerback conditions or reoccurrent lowerback weakness issues and not received the appropriate treatment for it, GET TREATED FIRST!

However, if you have read and performed the exercises instructed in the previous blogs: IAP & Building.. Part-1, having grasped the fundmentals of how supportive muscles support your spine, and felt a subsequent improvement in the condition of your lowerback; then and only by then, your body shall thank you further for embracing the "deadlift".