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    Lower back stiffness

    Hello everyone! Hope everyone is doing great and are safe and healthy during these hard times. I'd like to ask a question regarding lower back stiffness. Currently I am on Day 15 of Express Tone and two days ago I started doing 15 min jump rope, post-workout, to incorporate cardio into my routine. However, if I am not mistake, after a week of Express Tone, I suddenly started having stiffness in my lower back. What made me curious is that it started after an upper body day. I am not sure what I should do about it. Should I keep going with the program and jump rope? Should I wait for a while until muscle soreness and the lower back stiffness goes away? Should just rest for a few days? What do you think?

    #2
    HI LionTheFighter and Welcome to The Hive.
    15' jump rope, respect!
    Here is an article on DOMS,which is probably what's bugging you. Have you done dumbbell work before? Working with free weights has it's perks. One is, you activate your core (including the muscles that keep your spine straight). If it's just a soreness I'd work through it.
    But be careful, don't go in the pain cave.
    Good luck!

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      #3
      Hey Andi64 ! Thank you for your reply! I will check the post you attached asap. Yes I have experience with weight training. I've been training with weights for years now, Both in terms of typical strength training and functional training. Bodyweight and weights included. It's just that due to the situation, I stopped my personal training sessions and started looking through the programs here.

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        #4
        I increase stretching when I work with weights and it works well

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          #5
          Seconding stretching. Before the gym shut down I powerlifted with a trainer and if my back was hurting, my form was off. Your back shouldn't hurt. Stiffness or soreness isn't straight-up pain, and that's not necessarily a worry. Stretching before and after will help. If you're looking to do more than targeted stretching, take a look at the stretching workouts.

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            #6
            If you have access to a bar or something else you can hang from then consider hanging from it like a wet sack of cement.

            Free stretching without equipment has some blind spots for me, specifically in the back, which hanging hits. Maybe it'll help you, too.

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