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Old 04-29-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Heating pad for lower back while training

Hi,

Is it at all dangerous to but a hot gel pack on your lower back while you train to keep you very warm? I doubt it is but I just want to make certain.

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Old 04-29-2010, 06:40 PM   #2
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I don't see how it could be anything but a nuisance. Maybe good to wear while warming up if that's a problem.
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:53 PM   #3
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Pretty much what Derek said.

If you're having low back issues you probably should be focusing on rehab instead of other stuff.

A belt will keep your lower back warm after you warm up anyway... so you should probably use one if you're going to use anything.
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:54 PM   #4
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The cheap neoprene belts you get anywhere are decent for this. The Tommy Kono Waist Belt is a more expensive and higher quality option. A bit more supportive and durable.
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Question. Why are you considering this?

If you've got a problem with your back that is limiting range of motion, a heating pad is going to be a band aid over a gaping wound.
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Old 04-30-2010, 06:33 AM   #6
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Depends on the type of training you're doing.

If you aren't addressing the problem, there are larger issues at hand.

Maybe add some reverse hypers a la Westside style, those would probably help.
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:14 AM   #7
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Im considering it because I dinged up my back doing squats and deadlifts almost 2 years ago (bad form mostly) and I dont want it to happen again now that I'm taking them back up. My back is fine doing them, I just want to be as safe as I can be.

As for it being a nuisance, I have one with velcro straps that easily attaches and stays secure, so it wouldn't be.

Garrett, you said it depends on what type of training I would be doing. It would be barbell training, namely squats and deadlifts.



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Old 05-01-2010, 05:27 AM   #8
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Im considering it because I dinged up my back doing squats and deadlifts almost 2 years ago (bad form mostly) and I dont want it to happen again now that I'm taking them back up. My back is fine doing them, I just want to be as safe as I can be.
Passive methods of heat can be helpful in warming up -- and that warm up can really lube injuries (new or old). A few to consider (that don't require strapping stuff to your body):
  • Wear an extra set of sweat pants/sweat shirt over your normal clothes.
  • Wear an extra set of quick dry (Under Armor like) under your normal clothes.
  • Maybe remove layers when you start dripping.
  • Use Icy Hot, Tiger Balm, Flexall or some other heat rub.
  • Turn the heat up in the car on the way to the gym.
  • Take a hot shower _before_ working out.
  • Do a few minutes of extra movement before starting to lift (if you are concerned about your back, don't start out with heavy C2 rowing and a barbell complex that includes cleans, dls, etc. Perhaps consider the complex with PVC pipe, slower movment, and perfect form. Or maybe, do that second or third.)
  • Consider using the heating pad before training and also consider ice immediately after. Ice again a bit later. Go back to heat and/or ice the next day (an off day).

If life and insurance make it available, get professional help.

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Old 05-01-2010, 08:24 AM   #9
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you can pretty easily use a rehband or Kono soft neoprene 'belt" and you'll find you back gets and stays quite warm... a good practice for tricky backs include a)fix whatever is going on in your hips and shoulders that's contributing and b) pump some blood into it every day. i like band good mornings. lots. by lots i mean multiple sets of 40-50. every day.
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