I've recently been reading the blog of Bret Contreras, a well known certified strength and conditioning specialist who is apparently known as "the glute guy".
His area of expertise is on glute training, and he has tons of great articles about building and strengthening the glutes. An exercise he is all about is heavy glute bridges/ hip thrusts. Here's one of his articles showing some strong women doing heavy hip thrusts. I want to be able to do that!
This is an exercise I have never included in my workouts. I have done tons of heavy squats, lunges, step ups, and deadlifts, but never glute bridges or hip thrusts, which may be part of my problem as to why I'm having these hip and lower back issues now. I may be able to squat 210lbs...but I have weak glutes! So I'm going to start adding these into my training.
So tomorrow I'm going to get a massage to see if that will help my back pain at all, if it's just trigger points and tightness that is causing it. I'm hoping for some relief because my low back pain has been constant now for the past 2 weeks. It's really annoying. I'm also planning on going to see a chiropractor. I have got to get this issue figured out! I think that next week I'm going to take a deload week or maybe even a week off from training. I am itching to get back on a consistent lifting plan, but right now my main concern is to be pain free!