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2003/12/07 23:10:20 (permalink)

Back stiffness.....

I've been on a 5x5 routine for several months now (about 4 months). The one thing I've noticed is that my back is always very stiff and I seem to be less flexible than I used to be. Is it possible to big and strong and yet still have great flexibility in the hams and back ? Or does being strong mean you are more likely to be inflexible ?

I'm also wondering whether my 5x5 routine is too much stress for me especially my back. I have made good gains in amount of weight lifted but not a huge amount of size. I'm thinking of reverting back to a 3x8 routine. What do you guys think ?

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    RE: Back stiffness..... 2003/12/08 09:16:43 (permalink)
    Flexibility needn't be compromised by strength gains. If you feel inflexible then do some stretching after your workouts.

    I think if you have a routine that is producing strength gains then if you continue with it the size gains will also come, so stick with it. Then perhaps, when you stop progressing on the 5x5, switch back.
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    RE: Back stiffness..... 2003/12/08 12:17:12 (permalink)
    Have you tried sticking an ice pack on your back after doing heavy deadlifting? It could be inflammation making you feel stiff rather than loss of actual flexibility.
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    RE: Back stiffness..... 2003/12/08 15:08:36 (permalink)
    Thanks everyone....

    I'll try a bit more stretching and possibly an Ice Pack if the soreness gets too bad. I'm just a bit worried that by constantly squating and deadlifting I'm inviting injury ?
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