Closing the Gap between Local and Elite

How living the PEAQ lifestyle helped me manage my chronic lower back pain

By Jaimi A’Court

Unfortunately, genetics dealt me a lethal hand. Average athletic capabilities, a passion for everything sport related… and the running technique of a duck. Until recently, my knees bowed in when I squatted, my hips and shoulders rotated whilst I ran and my posture was less than lady like. After 20 years of accumulative school sports days, weekly netball trainings and games, swim training, school carnivals and pretty much being involved in anything and everything competitive, I had a problem. What started as a dull ache, turned into muscle spasms and then a sharp pain. At 20 I realised that I could not continue the way I was going, but I also did not want to stop exercising.

It sounds silly to admit but although I had a partner whose career was strength and conditioning I had never come to him for advice. It was as though I did not want to cross the work and home life barrier. I did not want to be another one of his clients. Sure enough though he noticed the problem anyway and gave me a program to follow and some areas to focus on.

Back pain and lower back pain in particular are all too common. Back pain can be a result of incorrect weight lifting technique, poor running technique or sitting down for long periods of time. Structurally there are a few culprits:

  • Lack of glute activation
  • Compensating for from other muscle groups

What I did acutely to help the issue:

  • Posterior chain resistance training
  • Running technique improvement
  • Focusing on my recovery

What the PEAQ lifestyle means for my back pain long term:

  • Regular Yoga Practice
  • Mindfulness
  • Consistent strength training
  • Listening to my body

The main message from this post is that back pain is not a feeling that you should put up with and it is preventable and maintainable. Understanding correct lifting and running techniques from the beginning and strengthening your posterior chain are important parts of prevention. If this post has you thinking, “hey that sounds like me” then click here to check out a personalised program created by industry leading, qualified coaches.

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