I’m going to be completely honest and say I have slacked this week on my training plan. It isn’t out of lack of wanting to train, in fact I have been dying to train, I just can’t seem to get my back to not be tight / spasm after my workouts.
My current training plan looks like this:
I was planning on doing 21 Day Fix as my strength training but I was kindly reminded by my husband how my knees hurt while doing the program and given the biking and running needed it would probably be best if I waited to do another round. I reluctantly agreed and was super thankful I have an amazing husband! That is when I decided on Body Beast as the strength component of my triathlon training program. I was in the middle of doing Hammer and Chisel when I created the program and I was really digging all the lifting and made me miss Beast so I hopped right in and started it.
I started to feel tightness in my back during the middle to end of completing Hammer and Chisel. I thought it was due to the jumping in some of the workouts so I figured I would give it at least 5 workouts of Beast before deciding to keep it or change to a different strength program.
Unfortunately, I have to make the switch and drop Beast. My body desperately needs the stretching workout that yoga / Pilates provides. I also think that my quads, chest and abs became significantly stronger during Hammer and Chisel, enough to create a muscular imbalance to pull me out of alignment. Now, I’m going to work on my hamstrings, glutes and back to even things out a bit.
To counter this effect I am going to do PiYo and only swim for the rest of the week and see where it gets me. If I feel better then it will be my go to program. If it doesn’t then I will go to the doctor to rule out injury.
Here’s to a pain free back by Sunday!!