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    hello, i'm 43 years old and i want to start going to the gym but my problem is i have a slip disk so have to be really careful. my aim is to get in shape and maybe tone a little, anyone here have the same problem? or it's not worth it going to the gym? many thanks

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    I had a slipped disc too about 15 years ago. I thought my weight training days were over as it was SO painful! However I got back into it and have been fine since.

    You need to start very gently. Make sure you warm up and concentrate on getting your flexibility back. Don't overstretch or do anything stupid like pick heavy weights up off the floor. Do the basic moves with little or no weight on the bars to start with, then over the coming months, slowly put a little weight on the bar and go from there. Keep your back straight. Support yourself with an arm when picking weights up from the floor, or use the bench as a halfway. The main thing is, as soon as anything starts hurting (other than doms) change something, or stop doing whatever makes it hurt! There's always an alternative exercise for that body part. Good luck and keep at it.

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    Had a lamonectomy and discectomy in 1996. Started lifting in 2008. Turned 50 a few weeks ago and have my eyes set at my first powerlifting meet before the year is out. As Andy said, take it easy and be patient.
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    Have injured my lower lumbar discs 3 times. Last was a 12mm bulge. All docs wanted me to get surgery. No surgery and I still lift 6 days per week. I am just smart with what I do. I keep my back straight and form solid on dead lifts. I keep clean form on squats. I find if I don't lift that I hurt more.

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    Go to gym, lift repeat...51 yr old geezer here. 3 knee surgeries and a discectomy. Just leave ego at the door, lift light to begin with and keep form spot on
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    just saw this was from sept.......OP, so did you ever go to the gym???
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    Quote Originally Posted by HDJoe View Post
    Go to gym, lift repeat...51 yr old geezer here. 3 knee surgeries and a discectomy. Just leave ego at the door, lift light to begin with and keep form spot on
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    just saw this was from sept.......OP, so did you ever go to the gym???
    Fellow geezer, also had the surgery. Hoping to break a state geezer record with both my squat and deadlift this year.
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    I'm not +40 LOL but yeah, I also have a lumbar hernia.

    First year was slow and basically rehab, but then its all about being agressive & smart about it, lets do it.
    I do not count reps, I make every rep count !!

    175cm/75kg

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    Try keeping your feet up on a chair when bench pressing . . . Helps keep your back flat.

    Or, have them straight in front of you.
    Last edited by Mcmann; 03-24-2014 at 11:01 AM.

 

 

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