*Always consult with your doctor if you think you have an injury and obtain medical clearance before working with a fitness professional.* Many of us have back pain bother us every once in a while. For some it's an uncomfortable tightness after driving for hours, for others - a part of every morning until the body warms up. I was dumb enough to go trail running with dad right after getting off the plane (post heavy deadlift the day before), and an excruciating pulling pain propagating from the tailbone down the left glute didn't wait to ruin the day. It was...
Beware when you hear:
1. I run + walk a lot that counts as leg day.
2. I just want a nice butt & don't care about the rest...
A well-structured leg day is a lot more than just moving your lower body extremities until you break a sweat.
1. Focus on larger muscle groups, like glutes and lower back, quadriceps and hamstrings.
2. Then fatigue the smaller muscles groups in isolated exercises. It's ok to break lower body muscles into two groups and hit them on different days if you train 4+ days a week... however if you're a newbie, or lift 2-3 days a week, gotta address all leg muscles