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RipRow for lower back problems

RipRow for lower back problems

Hey Lee

Been checking out the RipRow and am very interested. Almost ready to pull the trigger and buy one. I have one major concern and I’d really like your honest input.

I’ve had a history of low back issues (herniated L4/L5 and L5/S1 discs). I even had a bout of sciatica early this year. I’m 46, am quite fit, avid MTB’r. Live in Louisville, KY, so dealing with winter conditions, freeze/thaw, riding is very limited. I get workouts in 3-4 times a week consisting of spin bike and weight training.

Before my recent sciatic flareup, I was doing a lot of kettlebell swings, good form, and I guess my back finally gave. Not doing them any longer. My concern is how extreme the RipRow is with a history of low back issues?

Can it be used conservatively to still get a great workout that translates to the trail and be safe on the low back? Sorry for the long winded message, just trying to make an informed decision. Thanks for your time.

Mike J

PS: really enjoy all your material you put out, videos, books (own a copy of Mastering MTB Skills), emails, etc

Fairlee Frey XCE worlds - recap

Fairlee Frey XCE worlds - recap

2018 XCE World Championships at Chengdu, China

They call it racing, not winning, for a reason. At the start of the time trial, Fairlee blew out of her pedal and lost a ton of time. She didn't qualify for the heats, but she rode great (nailing the double jump!) and had a fantastic time. 

Check out Fairlee's video recap:

5 x 8 easy minutes on the trainer and RipRow

5 x 8 easy minutes on the trainer and RipRow

Did a mellow 5 x 8 minute spin/RipRow workout a couple days ago. Really felt it in the butt/back and later coming down the stairs, definitely not how I'd feel with 45 minutes of easy trainer work!

I have a CycleOps Hammer smart trainer, used it in erg mode at around 170 watts and adjusted as I warmed up and aimed for about 100 RPM. On the RipRow the fours pattern on about 3 or 4. 

Interesting to look at the workout from Training Peaks so you can see heart rate during the RipRow intervals (when power goes to 0). Heart rate is either the same or increases during the RipRow efforts.