I would really appreciate some tips on my daily practice. I have always had a fairly tight lower back which barely moves at all in the lumbar area when I touch my toes. This causes an annoying break in flow when I am doing spinal rocks which is a pity because I really enjoy the movement. My hips are pretty bound up too and often hurt quite badly when I do the 4CBD and attempt the diagonal leg lift. On a good "hip" day my leg is almost horizontal whilst on a bad day I last only a few seconds before cramping.
Every day for about the last week, I have been popping into the work Gym at lunch time and doing Warrior Wellness as I have been for about the last month and a bit. Between Lunch time practice and doing a second set three days a week in the evening, I have made very good progress on the programme.
Thanks for everything Scott, your approaches to many aspects of physical culture and martial science have changed the way I train.
In the last week, I have added some Bodyflow incorporating switches from a flatfoot squat into a cossack squat to help my hip mobility and lastly some spinal rocks to help with my core strength and efficiency of breath.
It seems that I have some serious ROM issues on both the front and back of my body in this area and I picked these two exercises to try and remedy this. If anyone thinks they have better exercises for this, please let me know. Certainly I can feel the exercises I have chosen working the area pretty hard, especially the squats.
The switches make me cramp up a little but they are getting smoother and I can do more almost every time which is guess is pretty good progress. Unlocking my hips a little has allowed me to make contact with my shoulder during the knee lifting part of WW.
The rocks on the other hand are a bit of a problem. The entire movement is pretty smooth except for the part where my lower back either contacts or leaves the ground. The last 8 inches or so of my spine will only move together and will not bend.
Even when I slow down and try and put each vertebra down separately, this doesn't happen. I contract my abs really hard to try and get my spine to bend and it all just hits the floor with a clunk after much straining to try and make it happen.
Now I realise full well that the best remedy here may be to just keep at it and concentrate on my breathing as I am hoping that my abdominal section just needs to get stronger.
Can anyone suggest anything to help me? I thank you all in advance.