I recently received a question from my buddy Ramon on Twitter.
Ramon has a hernia and is due for surgery soon. His question is:
"What should I do in the gym once I'm cleared by the Dr.?"
Recovery from a hernia can really vary from one person to the next, so when you're ready to return to your normal routine will vary from one person to the next.
In this video we cover:
1. How you should ultimately listen to your body. If you experience pain, then rest. The last thing you want is to further damage your injured abdominal muscles.
2. Focus on building up the structural integrity of your body first by teaching your core how to engage. The key here is using movements like dead bugs and plank variations to develop stability through the core so you can safely transfer force from your upper body to your lower body and vice versa.
During this time you may also be able to do light full body movements like lunges, squats, push ups and other calisthenic movements.
3. Once you build the structural integrity in your core, you can start to load up the bar and lift. Start conservative and ease into your old style of training.
Overall, always listen to your body. If you experience pain, or discomfort, scale back.
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