Hi all, possibly a dumb question but would like someone to explain this in more detail for me please. I am currently doing 'core strength' bodyweight exercises like bridging, planks and crunches, to help with my back pain and also to build my back up for the hillwalking with heavy packs that I will be doing later in the Summer.
Online I have seen 'core exercises' with weights like dumbells and similar- do these achieve the same purpose??
Are core exercises essentially for rehab or for gaining muscle mass, or both?
For as long as I can remember starting running I've had tight hamstrings, but not to the extent of getting any discomfort. I started stretching regularly in February and I've still had barely any improvement. My left hamstring is tighter (by this I mean it can't bend back as far as my right). I've tried massage, foam rolling and all sorts. I presume this could be contributing to my back pain (mostly upper but also middle and lower)?
Any other ideas as to why they're staying so tight? I've been pretty inactive the past year and I'm just coming back to running and cycling now so keen to get them sussed.
I'm not paying for Physio, actually. NHS. He has suggested himself to use weights but only mentioned it very quickly and so I don't know whether to go for more weight and harder sets or less weight and longer sets. I only see him once every 2 weeks so I'm missing out on a potential 2 weeks ofbetter strength. My blog? I think you'll find the 'error' corrected on my website homepage...