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  • My latest MuscleMag.com article: How to keep your back healthy

    http://www.musclemag.com/muscle-buil.../#.UXAuIbWG2Tk

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  • #2
    Originally posted by Ken "Skip" Hill View Post
    I may have missed it but I read your cardio article and thought that was worth the weight in gold too. Dante posted it on FB

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RobbHensel View Post
      I may have missed it but I read your cardio article and thought that was worth the weight in gold too. Dante posted it on FB
      Thank you. I just saw that a couple weeks ago. I didn't know it was even in the mag yet.

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      • #4
        Excellent article!

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        • #5
          Great article Skip.
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          • #6
            another one?!?!?!

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            • #7
              I strongly disagree with wearing a belt all the time. Specifically for those with back issues, it's extremely important to have strong abdominal musculature to support the back. Not just abs, but all other "core" muscles: transverse abdominus, spinal erectors, etc. Wearing a belt constantly weakens those muscles through disuse. I found strengthening all these muscles has helped my back immensely.

              I think wearing a belt on "heavy" sets is wise, but certainly not all the time.
              Ph.D., Theoretical Physics '16
              kind of a douche

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              • #8
                Great advice.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sammich View Post
                  i strongly disagree with wearing a belt all the time. Specifically for those with back issues, it's extremely important to have strong abdominal musculature to support the back. Not just abs, but all other "core" muscles: Transverse abdominus, spinal erectors, etc. Wearing a belt constantly weakens those muscles through disuse. I found strengthening all these muscles has helped my back immensely.

                  I think wearing a belt on "heavy" sets is wise, but certainly not all the time.
                  x2....read Stuart McGill's book.....your abs are a natural belt when activated.

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                  • #10
                    sammich, any chance you could share the exercises you feel strengthen the abs and lower back?

                    cheers dude

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sammich View Post
                      I strongly disagree with wearing a belt all the time. Specifically for those with back issues, it's extremely important to have strong abdominal musculature to support the back. Not just abs, but all other "core" muscles: transverse abdominus, spinal erectors, etc. Wearing a belt constantly weakens those muscles through disuse. I found strengthening all these muscles has helped my back immensely.

                      I think wearing a belt on "heavy" sets is wise, but certainly not all the time.
                      And your opinion is noted.

                      What back issues have you had as far as injuries over time, working through them, etc?

                      Wearing a belt in the gym doesn't allow or the core muscles to not be worked or not get stronger. You still train those muscles, as well, for strength and stability, too. You make it sound as if the muscles atrophy when you wear a belt.

                      Again, if there are no back issues then a belt isn't a great idea and I think your advice is correct. Otherwise, my experience tells me you are very wrong.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 5spotbullseye View Post
                        x2....read Stuart McGill's book.....your abs are a natural belt when activated.
                        Guys, don't miss the most important point here: I advise to use a belt when you have injured yourself so that it doesn't happen again. This is not advice for a healthy back and we aren't talking about a tweak here or there. I am talking about full-on disc injuries.

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                        • #13
                          so skip would you say that you agree with the bit where sammich says the best thing to do (for those without back issues) is to work to "strengthen their core" in order to minimise any possibility of injury?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by fatty View Post
                            so skip would you say that you agree with the bit where sammich says the best thing to do (for those without back issues) is to work to "strengthen their core" in order to minimise any possibility of injury?
                            Absolutely. I stated in the article (and have stated consistently in talking about my back issues) that you should always rely on strengthening the core instead of using a belt.

                            AFTER a bad injury it is a completely different story, especially when the injury is recurring.

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                            • #15
                              I will write a longer response after I get to the office but for now I AM RIGHT AND YOU ARE WRONG
                              Ph.D., Theoretical Physics '16
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