Problems with core and lower back

Discussion in 'Bodyweight training' started by Whit, Aug 31, 2017.

  1. Whit

    Whit Valued Member

    I am trying to work on my coor but planks cause problems with my lower back and i cant do situps or crunches very well.

    Are there any other exercises i can do to build up to these?
  2. Knee Rider

    Knee Rider Valued Member


    Sit ups are bad for your back if you do them wrong too!
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  3. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth

    Deadbugs, it's a standard entry level core exercise.
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  4. Simon

    Simon The Bulldog Admin

    Don't do sit ups, they aren't a core exercise.

    We've also moved on from crunches because there are better exercises.

    The core is so much more than just the abs and you should think of it as your entire trunk.

    For the lats, especially where they tie into the lower back I do this drill.

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  5. Rataca100

    Rataca100 Valued Member

    Not what i was expecting this to be, but i did get a list of lower back exercises by the dcotor when i went in about back pain to build up muslces in the area. If i can find the sheet i will see about linking it or something, unless somone can provide diffrent. Also, i can funnily enough do sit ups ok but cant do push ups as my weight to strength ratio is bad.
  6. Fish Of Doom

    Fish Of Doom Will : Mind : Motion Moderator Supporter

    How/why are you getting back issues from planks? That's pretty much the last thing that should happen from them, so either something is very wrong with your back, and you should see a doctor, or your technique is very off and needs correction.

    Re: building up to them, two easy ways to build up to planks are to do them on your knees and/or on an incline (that is, with your upper body higher than it would otherwise be). Both of these will make the position significantly easier to hold.
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  7. Whit

    Whit Valued Member

    Its like tention in the lower part of my back, i dont know if it is my core that isnt engaging or what.

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